Saturday, May 1, 2010
THE PEABODY DUCKS - MEMPHIS, TN
THE PEABODY DUCKS
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I had to plan my day in Memphis around seeing the World Famous Peabody Ducks. The tradition began in 1933 when the owners of the hotel powered down a little too much Jack Daniel's whiskey during a duck hunting trip. When they returned to the hotel they thought it would be funny to place some of their "live" duck decoys in the hotels fountain. It turns out that the guests of the hotel loved the little ducks so they put them on display daily. You can now see the ducks come down from the roof of the hotel. The board a reserved elevator and when the doors open, they race for the the fountain. The entire show takes about 10 seconds. During this time the entire lobby fills with people just waiting to see the ducks. People wait an hour or more in advance to see the ducks. I waited 10 minutes and had a good view. The ducks walk along the red carpet at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. Now that I have seen this, I will not be back.