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TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Wednesday afternoon marked the first day of this year’s virtual-based Elvis Presley Festival.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic forced the annual festival to go online compared to previous years in which the festival was held in the downtown area near Fairpark and the BancorpSouth Arena.
“We’re not giving in; Elvis is going to rock on,” said Tom Brown, the festival’s emcee.
His role will be a little different this year. However, he said not much else is changing about the rest of the festival.
“The music is still coming. It’s still going to be coming out of Tupelo, and we’re just doing it virtually this year,” he said.
To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, festival-goers can watch the live entertainment on Facebook.
Brown said the event’s coordinator, Debbie Brangenberg, and her team worked hard to give fans the same experience as in the past.
Brangenberg is the executive director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.
This year's virtual festival is free to enjoy. The festival runs through Sunday, June 7.
View the festival's schedule in the image above. App users, swipe the image above to view the schedule.