Fans remember the King at candlelight vigil at Graceland

A polyglot international crowd packed Elvis Presley Boulevard Monday night for the Assembly graceland “Candlelight Vigil”, to mark the 45th anniversary of the death of the singer whose music and image continue to maintain an unprecedented hold on popular culture and commerce.

“We are all part of this legacy, each of you with a candle in your hand,” said longtime DJ “Argo” (Derrill Argo Jr.) on the Channel “Elvis Radio” on SiriusXMas he led the hundreds and hundreds of people onto the street outside the Graceland mansion to light their candles to light up a “sea of ​​solidarity” in tribute to the king of rock ‘n’ roll.

After the candle lighting, which took place at 8:36 p.m., fans walked the long driveway to Elvis Presley’s grave in the “Meditation Garden” on the south side of the mansion. Graceland officials said they expected 5,000 to 25,000 people to make the trip, which was expected to last well after midnight and into Tuesday morning. The line of people along the wall outside Graceland was doubled over as the doors opened, after Priscilla Presley, from a podium, greeted the crowd as “a beautiful sight”.

Members of fan clubs from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and Scotland were part of the “guard of honour” that lined the aisle, as palace guards, as others passed between them, in handcrafted Elvis jewelry, Elvis print skirts and shirts, and even Elvis jumpsuits. The size and international makeup of the crowd suggests Graceland has rebounded from the 2020 “socially distanced” vigil, which allowed only limited attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the slightly discreet vigil of 2021.

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