Peabody Ducks: How a Drunken Prank Turned into a Charming Tradition

By Karen Harris
Duck March on the fountain at The Peabody. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images)

Memphis, Tennessee, is home to the Peabody Hotel, a posh hotel with an elegant and luxurious lobby, complete with an ornate fountain. Such a fine hotel would be a destination on its own, but with the help of five adorable hotel residents, the Peabody Hotel is known for one other quirky distinction…ducks! Twice a day…precisely at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m….the famous Peabody ducks walk the red carpet to the hotel fountain to take a swim, to the delight of hotel guests. But did you know that this charming tradition has its origins in a drunken prank? Here is the story of the Peabody ducks.