This is anticipated to be the largest Elvis Week celebrations to date held in the U.S., with thousands of fans from around the world gathering in Memphis to celebrate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley.
"I don't see their point in having us pay", said Jim Short, who is visiting from Dayton Ohio.
Elvis Week is underway in Memphis, and this year's festival will mark the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death.
Franklin participated in last year's demonstration on Elvis Presley Blvd. the night of the annual vigil, when Elvis fans walk by candlelight to Presley's grave.
-On Tuesday, August 15, at 10 a.m., an event called "Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Family & Friends" will take place, featuring appearances by Presley's ex-wife Priscilla, The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley and others. Since the vast majority of our guests take our tour as part of their visit during Elvis Week, there is no additional cost to them. They said Graceland has welcomed more than 20 million visitors in the past 34 years.
In the lawsuit filed in January, Demonstrators claim there was a conspiracy between Elvis Presley Enterprises and the Memphis Police Department to deny black people access to the candlelight vigil, and that their constitutional rights were violated.
An Elvis Week Property Pass wristband now allows guests to enter all non-ticketed parts of Graceland property throughout Elvis Week, including the Elvis Week Entertainment Tent, Ticket Pavilion, restaurants and select gift shops, plus free parking after 5 p.m. "Everybody I talk to is complaining about that".
Elvis Presley Enterprises told Local 24 the change comes as part of updated security measures due to the large crowds expected over the next few days.
Susan just hopes this will be the past year she has to pay.
"I propose that Graceland drop the 30 dollar fee and figure out another way to "keep security", Franklin said".
"For people that don't have money and want to come and respect Elvis, that's just so sad", she said.
Franklin and other demonstrators filed a discrimination lawsuit against Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Also, they reminded fans that they will be able to stand on the street and watch the vigil at no cost.