Michael Jackson has been recognized throughout his life for his accomplishments, and six years after his death, the honorarium fires are still burning. Over the month of April, headlines related to Michael Jackson have been particularly popular due to an archive of unpublished interviews that included the King of Pop.
However, the celebration of Michael Jackson’s life, death, and achievements may not take the forms fans would first expect. The good news — everyone is invited to these Michael Jackson parties! On top of that, there is a circus involved!
Announced in March, the invitation is still open for the One Rose for Michael Jackson event. Promoted by the large fan group called the Michael Jackson Network, you can purchase one of the roses from a separate website via Paypal for $3 per rose. The roses are placed on Michael Jackson’s grave each year on June 25 and the last day to buy roses is June 18.
The MJ Network states that in 2013, 13,447 red roses were placed on his grave by the One Rose for Michael Jackson organization. However, the roses do not stay on Michael Jackson’s grave for very long.
Fan Betty Byrne states about the project on her website, “On June 26 in keeping with Michaels message we pay it forward, a large [percentage] of the roses are donated to various charities as well as being placed for the children at Babyland and Lulabyeland in Forest Lawn.”
Are you curious about what the bed of roses will look like at Michael Jackson’s grave? Each year, the organizers of the One Rose for Michael Jackson event gather in Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills, California, to decorate the grave — and they record the day on video.
The roses, arranged in vases as far as the eye can see, are interspersed among other private shrines and tributes that fans leave behind. The One Rose for Michael Jackson group also shows how the roses are placed on the graves of babies on June 26.
Celebrating the life of Michael Jackson does not end there. Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, and Las Vegas makes sure that you have an invitation to celebrate his life on his birthday. Announced on Vegas News in mid-April, the circus will be a big part of Michael Jackson-themed party.
The estate of Michael Jackson invites any fans to purchase tickets to the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on August 29 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Weekend packages that include a gift bag (and many more luxury-style fan treats) are also being exclusively offered to Michael Jackson fans starting at $72 per night.
What is exciting is that the entertainment for Michael Jackson’s birthday party is the world-famous circus — Cirque du Soleil! Could this get any better? Included in the Mandalay Michael Jackson package are exclusive birthday activities throughout the day.
Last year, guests who bought the Mandalay birthday package had activities that included a “private ‘meet & greet’ [questions and answers] cocktail reception with representatives of the Estate.” Michael Jackson fans who purchased the package also met a long list of Michael Jackson-related entourage members, such as producer Rodney Jerkins, author Zack O’Malley Greenburg, biographer Michael Bush, and the creative team behind the documentary for XSCAPE.
To see footage of the performances at the 2014 Michael Jackson birthday party in Las Vegas, the Michael Jackson website has an official video archive. To keep up with the details, changes, and memorabilia updates, the Michael Jackson birthday celebration has an official Facebook event invitation you can join.
Tickets to the event are not sold on Facebook and should be purchased through the special Michael Jackson birthday party event page through the Cirque de Soleil website. The weekend package at special rates to stay at Mandalay Bay are also found on the Cirque de Soleil website.
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