The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee is a Forbes Four Star, AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel known for its outstanding service and quality.But just because they’re fancy schmancy doesn’t mean they don’t have any fun! In fact, they are famous for a tradition that dates back more than 50 years:The Peabody Duck March. Every day at 11:00 a.m., a family of ducks are led from the roof by the official Peabody Duckmaster, down the elevator, along a red carpet past adoring fans, and into the lobby fountain, where they stay until 5:00 p.m., when the Duckmaster (and yes, that’s his official job title) leads the procession back down the red carpet, up the elevator, and back to their rooftop abode.
Talk about standing out from the herd (or flock) to be heard! The Duck March has of course garnered the historic Memphis hotel oodles of free publicity over the decades and has turned the hotel into a tourist attraction. This is one of those wacky, quacky ideas that has turned into a time-honored tradition, that makes it fun for the employees of the hotel, and fun for the guests. (And hopefully for the ducks?)
This story is one of many invaluable reminders that just because your business is more “serious” or perceived as catering to a more “serious/stuffy” clientele, it sure as heck doesn’t mean you can’t look for creative opportunities to create some fun traditions in your workplace.
(If you’d like to see a short video of the march, click here: Peabody Duck March )
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