Budapest Names Park After Elvis Presley
April 27, 2011
Budapest's city council has approved a plan to name a small park after Elvis Presley in commemoration of Elvis' support for Hungary in the wake of the anti-Soviet revolution of October 1956.
Budapest's Mayor Istvan Tarlos told the Associated Press
that a plot near the Margaret Bridge will be called Elvis Presley Park to honor the singer's "sincere sympathy" toward the short-lived uprising. The site in Buda, separated from Pest by the Danube River, was chosen by voters in an online poll on the city's website
. Visitors could choose one of twelve locations to be renamed after the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
In March, Elvis was also declared a posthumous honorary citizen of Budapest, Hungary.
During his last appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in January 1957, Elvis sang a gospel song called "Peace in Valley," which Sullivan said reflected the singer's interest in the Hungarians' plight.