'02 kicked off Saturday night in Memphis with a parade down Beale
Street and the unveiling of Mobile Graceland, a traveling exhibit.
This week's events commemorate the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's
natural that Mobile Graceland is hauled by a tractor-trailer rig.
After all, one of Elvis' first jobs, as a teenager, was driving
a delivery truck. The 53-foot trailer houses the ultimate in Elvis
Presley memorabilia - Elvis' Army jacket, some of his stage clothing,
a letter from President Nixon, the orange coveralls Elvis wore
in the film "Viva Las Vegas" and a comb he used to shape
his famed ducktail hairstyle in the 1950s. Starting in Memphis,
the mobile display will travel to 30 cities including New Orleans,
LA; Atlantic City, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Cleveland, OH; Chicago,
IL; St. Louis, MO; and Reno and Las Vegas, NV.
died in 1977 at age 42, ushered in the rock 'n' roll cultural
revolution in the 1950s with hits like "Heartbreak Hotel"
and "Hound Dog." Graceland, Elvis' home in Memphis,
attracts more than 650,000 people a year for tours.
featured floats, hound dogs, Army tanks, the local police and
fire departments, a marching band and such legendary associates
of Elvis as Jerry Schilling and Sam Philips. The Memphis Police
estimated a crowd of between 18,000 and 20,000 lined the parade
route, up Beale Street to Elvis Presley's Memphis restaurant.
Dubbed "The Elvis Presley 25th Anniversary Celebration of
Life Parade," it culminated in a display of fireworks. Tennessee
Gov. Don Sundquist was grand marshal for the parade, which paid
tribute to Elvis with floats that represented his music, his films,
his Army service and his patriotism.
fans had a gospel brunch with The Jordanaires at Elvis Presley's
Memphis. That evening, fans danced the night away in the Memphis
Ballroom of The Peabody Hotel.
on the front lawn of Graceland, RCA will present the latest round
of new RIAA gold and platinum awards and award upgrades Elvis
has earned since the last presentation in 1999. In the afternoon,
fans will gather in the Continental Ballroom at The Peabody Hotel
for a fan forum to get the latest news from Graceland and the
Elvis Presley Estate management.
of special events goes on and on - Elvis Night at Libertyland,
Conversations on Elvis, Candlelight Vigil & Vigilcast at Graceland,
Open House at Presley Place, and Elvis: The 25th Anniversary Concert
at The Pyramin arena.
In the anniversary
concert, the real Elvis Presley stars via video in this concert
event with his real, original band members live on stage. Priscilla
Presley and Lisa Marie Presley will attend the concert and each
will be making a special greeting to the fans from the stage during