Tupelo to Re-Create Elvis' 1956 Homecoming for Festival

DECEMBER 15, 2005 - Posted at 4:42 p.m. CST

TUPELO, MS - Elvis Presley's 1956 homecoming will be re-created as part of the eighth Elvis Presley Festival in June in Tupelo, Mississippi.

On September 26, 1956, Presley was honored with a parade down Main Street and proclaimed a favorite son by Governor J.P. Coleman.  The day was capped with a concert where Elvis was greeted by screaming fans during the Mississippi-Alabama State Fair and Dairy Show.

Although he'd performed at the fairgrounds in 1955, the '56 concert featured the King of Rock & Roll in the full bloom of stardom.

The re-creation will be on June 3.

In addition to live performances, a multimedia presentation will feature video and audio from the 1956 performance.

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