Posts tagged ducks.
Picture: AP Photo/ Mario Armas (via Pictures of the day: 19 November 2013 - Telegraph)
Peabody Hotel Duck March - Memphis, Tennessee
Each day for nearly one hundred years, a group of ducks have left their penthouse at Memphis’ Peabody Hotel and waddled down a red carpet to spend the day playing in the lobby fountain.
This whimsical tradition dates back to the early 1900’s when the general manager of the Peabody returned from a fruitless hunting trip and placed a group of live ducks in the hotel fountain as a joke. The guests were so delighted by the addition of the adorable birds that the owners decided to let the birds stay. What started as a simple gag has continued throughout the years and is now a daily display of pomp and circumstance.
Every morning around 11:00 AM, the ducks are led down from their rooftop penthouse to a red carpet bordered by adoring onlookers. Accompanied by a Sousa march, the five ducks trot up a small, custom stairway into the placid waters of the marble fountain where they dutifully swim until they are once again led back upstairs around 5:00 PM. The whole ceremony is preceded over by a the “Duckmaster,” a position originally filled by a circus trainer that joined the hotel in the 1940’s, and which is now filled by the occasional celebrity such as Molly Ringwold or Peter Frampton.
Keep reading about the Peabody Hotel Duck March on Atlas Obscura…
The Peabody in Orlando does this as well.
I want that job.
(thanks for the tag)
As we seem to be having good weather for ducks in Lincolnshire right now. Have a couple of ducks arses.
Mallard drakes on the River in Lathkildale.
Photo by me.