2023 Festival Theme

Parkes will come alive from 4-8 January 2023 to celebrate Elvis’ birthday, all things Rock ‘n’ Roll and our 30th year anniversary. There’ll be more than 200 events across five fabulous, fun-filled days.
The theme for the 2023 Festival is Elvis’ 1961 musical comedy, Blue Hawaii. The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll plays the role of Chad Gates who has recently gotten out of the Army and is looking forward to some fun and romance the Aloha State. His mother, played by the great Angela Lansbury, wants him to take over the family’s pineapple business, but he’d much rather work as a tour guide for his girlfriend’s agency. The colorful, exotic locales, fabulous soundtrack and light-hearted storyline make this comedy one of Elvis’ most beloved films.
The movie’s sun, sand and surf mixed with Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, flower leis, ukulele’s and pineapples will give lots of options to dress in theme.


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