Thursday, February 11, 2016

February 11, 2016 at 05:57PM by advodna_dave


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The duck march at the Peabody Hotel has its origins in a whiskey-fueled practical joke following a hunting trip. At the insistence of hotel guests, the ducks that had been left to frolic in the foundation in the middle of the lobby were allowed to stay, and the tradition has evolved to include an elevator ride down from their rooftop penthouse and a red carpet processional to their fountain each morning at 11:00 am. At 5:00 pm, they hop out of the fountain and board the elevator to head home after a long day. Afterwards, we gave the girls the choice of a rubber ducky from the gift shop or a horse-drawn carriage ride along the Mississippi River (which we hadn't seen since crossing the MN/WI border in October) just in time for a beautiful sunset. They chose the duckies, so we dragged them out of the gift shop empty-handed and they cried until they saw the horses [only *slightly* embellished]. Yelp gave us a great recommendation of a casual Mexican place with incredible tacos. The staff bent over backwards to put something together for the kids and then delivered a free piece of cake. If you're visiting, check out Maciel's Tacos & Tortas. Thanks @macielstortastacos! #peabodyhotel #peabodyducks #memphis #mississippiriver #sunset #familytravel #travelwithkids #ducktourism #ducksofinstagram