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What sets The Peabody Memphis apart from other Four-Star hotels is the world-famous Peabody Ducks. A quirky tradition for more than 75 years, the feathered friends perform the Duck March at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily through the hotel’s lobby fountain. The spectacle creates a comfortable and family-friendly atmosphere.
The eccentric tradition began back in 1932, when the hotel’s general manager returned from a weekend hunting trip. After imbibing too much Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Frank Schutt thought it would be funny to place live duck decoys (it was legal then for hunters to use live decoys) in the marble fountain. The reaction by the public was nothing short of enthusiastic. The Peabody Ducks are so popular that they have appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Sesame Street, The Oprah Winfrey Show and were once a question on Jeopardy.
The Peabody Memphis also distinguishes itself from other Four-Star hotels with its commitment to celebrating its history. The “South’s Grand Hotel” renovated its lobby and all public spaces to their original 1925 grandeur, which exudes Southern charm and elegance. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s Memorabilia Room highlights various periods in the hotel’s history. Items on display include a menu signed by Babe Ruth, Elvis Presley’s RCA recording contract with Colonel Tom Parker on Peabody letterhead (since the Colonel was a hotel guest at the time), and a sternly worded letter from the Belz family in which the new owners banned the serving of duck throughout the hotel in 1981. An ornate piano owned by Francis Scott Key, author of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” is displayed on the mezzanine level and adds to the aura of tradition throughout the historic hotel.