How did the tradition of the ducks in The Peabody fountain begin? Back in 1932 Frank Schutt, General Manager of The Peabody, and a friend, Chip Barwick, returned from a weekend hunting trip to 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. Three small English call ducks were selected as "guinea pigs," and the reaction was nothing short of enthusiastic. Soon, five North American Mallard ducks would replace the original ducks. In 1940, Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, offered to help with delivering the ducks to the fountain each day and taught them the now-famous Peabody Duck March. Mr. Pembroke became the Peabody Duckmaster, serving in that capacity for 50 years until his retirement in 1991. The original ducks have long since gone, but after 75 years, the marble fountain in the hotel lobby is still graced with ducks. The Peabody ducks march at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.
The Peabody ducks were a must see! A very cute procession of 5 ducks ( 1 male and 4 female) that make the trip from their home on the roof all the way to the elevator and down to the lobby. The hotel is absolutely beautiful.
Warning: get to the Peabody early and if you want to sit, order a drink from the bar, otherwise you have to stand on the outside of the lobby area or from up top on the mezzanine.
The ducks stay at the fountain from 11am- 5 pm.
You get a short, but interesting story about how the ducks came to be.
Highly recommend. From start to finish about 20 minutes.
Get there early! 4pm for the 5 o'clock March for sure! And get the Peabody Mint Julep!!
The hotel is beautiful and the ducks were amusing. It's a short experience but an opportunity to check out a gorgeous hotel for free!
This place gets PACKED! They let all the little kids sit on the ground closest to the red carpet, but I snuck down there, too... I'm not such a little kid anymore. The ducks are so cute!
For the adults, let your kids crawl up on the floor. You should sit back and have a mint julep- one of the Peabody's signature drinks and it's delicious! The bar snacks that come with it are good, too.
Very interesting, but I didn't get a great spot. Make sure you come early, it can get crowded.
What a great treat! Hotel is gorgeous and the Ducks were so cute coming out of the elevator! The grandkids loved it! So glad we went!
Lovely place! The duck March was very exciting and very crowded. It is the place to be, so be prepared to wait-for seating and service in the lobby. Our desserts tasted old (like the refrigerator itself), but the atmosphere is wonderful!
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