Priscilla Presley hosts annual birthday party for Elvis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Priscilla Presley hosts annual birthday party for Elvis

Three decades after Elvis Presley's death, the king of rock and roll can still draw quite the crowd. 1,200 people turned out to the North Lawn of Graceland Tuesday to hear the annual proclamation to the man credited with ushering in a transformation of modern music.

"The city of Memphis and the Shelby County Government say forever Elvis, Elvis forever, to our most favorite citizen, which would be his 73rd birthday, lets hear it for the King of Rock and Roll," president of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau Kevin kane said.

For the first time, Priscilla Presley hosted the annual birthday party. Amid news that the owners of Graceland will announce plans for a major expansion this year, Presley worked to reassure people that those plans will not involve changes to the mansion.

"I want to give you a comfort level that nothing's changing.  We're here for you to give you the best experience that Elvis would have done if he was here today. He was the first tour guide, and he loved Graceland more than anything," Presley said.

The birthday party was complete with a cake fit for a king. The Peabody's Executive Chef created a cake shaped like a stage, complete with a three foot tall chocolate microphone and two guitars on top. All of which were entirely edible.


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