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That's just ducky

One of the South’s best-known hotels, The Peabody in Memphis, is celebrating the 80th anniversary of its feathered ambassadors, The Peabody Ducks. What started in 1933 as a prank has become one of the best industry traditions, bringing hotel guests and Memphis visitors together twice daily to watch, photograph, and video the cutest waddlers in the region.


he Peabody Memphis photo

“I am surprised daily by the people who come here–all ages from all over the world–many referring to seeing the ducks as a ‘bucket list’ experience,” said Kelly Earnest, director of public relations for The Peabody Memphis.

Delve into the world of The Peabody Ducks by going on a Duckmaster-led history tour. See the rooftop Duck Palace and get the inside story, from how the ducks are raised and fed, to how they are trained and retired to a local farm.

Then stake your place in the hotel lobby for the march at 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. Get there early for the best viewing and shooting (photos or video only) positions. How can anybody not smile seeing these five North American mallards step off the elevator, march down their red carpet, and dip into their marble fountain?

If you want to be an honorary Duckmaster for a day, consider the “Ducky Day Family Package,” which includes an overnight at the hotel, an official Duckmaster cane, collectible Peabody Duck toy, duck-shaped cookies, and self-parking in the hotel garage.

This is a whole other Southern duck dynasty.

For more information about packages at The Peabody Memphis, a AAA Four Diamond hotel, visit or call (800) PEABODY (800-732-2639).

Sep/Oct 2013 Issue

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