The March of the Peabody Ducks

Things to Do — By Sarah Sekula on February 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Photo courtesy of Peabody Orlando

If you’ve never seen the Peabody Ducks, it’s about time you did. Since opening its doors November 1986, The Peabody Orlando has continued its famous tradition: the March of The Peabody Ducks, which began at its sister property, The Peabody Memphis, years ago.

Each morning at 11 a.m. the hotel’s atrium lobby is the scene of a of something pretty special. And the best part is, it’s free. In a special elevator, the five North American mallard ducks, four hens and one drake, comprising The Peabody Ducks, descend from their $100,000 penthouse Royal Duck Palace.

When the elevator doors open, The Peabody Ducks, accompanied by their crimson-and-gold- braid-jacketed Duck Master, take up their positions on a plush red carpet and begin The March of The Peabody Orlando Ducks to the strident tones of John Philip Sousa’s “King Cotton March.”

They waddle their way in formation through the hotel’s marble halls, and when they reach the magnificent, orchid-crowned fountain, which takes center stage in the Atrium Lobby, the ducks mount three red-carpeted steps and splash into the fountain’s waters.

They splash around until about 5 p.m. when the procession is reversed, The Peabody Orlando Ducks marching back to their special elevator, then to their Royal Duck Palace for dinner and a quiet evening together.

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