{memphis} the peabody ducks

May 1, 2016

The Peabody Hotel is this super fancy place in Memphis that you can stay at if you’re willing to pay, I’m guessing, a pretty penny. Even still, there’s something available to everything even if you’re staying there: the viewing of the daily duck parade! A duck parade, you ask? Yes, a duck parade. Let me explain. So at 11 am every morning, a number of ducks start from their Peabody Hotel penthouse, go down the elevator, and then walk the red carpet to the large beautiful fountain in the Peabody Hotel lobby. There, they swim all day until they march back to their penthouse at 5 pm each evening. This tradition has been around for almost 90 years!

According to the Peabody Hotel website, here’s how the whole thing got started: “In 1933, Frank Schutt, General Manager of The Peabody, and a friend, Chip Barwick, returned from a weekend hunting trip in Arkansas. The men had a little too much Jack Daniel’s Tennessee sippin’ whiskey and thought it would be funny to place some of their live duck decoys (it was legal then for hunters to use live decoys) in the beautiful Peabody fountain.” Now, there are 5 Mallard ducks instead of three English Call ducks, but the idea is the same.

You might be wondering how the ducks know where to walk. Well, that’s no problem because the Peabody Duckmaster is in charge or orchestrating the Peabody Duck March everyday!

Read about our other Memphis adventures: cafe-style soul fish • civil rights @ lorraine moteldejavu foodsb. b. kingcafe for the blues

A ducky photo adventure:







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