The Peabody chain of hotels is famous for their fountains with ducks, and the twice-daily march of the ducks as they come out at 11:00 a.m. and retire for the day at 5:00. A Duckmaster is in charge of them, and they can have a "duckmaster for the day." Today it was Sean, and his younger brother was his assistant.
The ducks live in a special area on the second floor, where they are brought to the elevator in a crate and ride down to the main lobby. A red carpet is laid out for them from the elevator, around the corner, up the steps and into the fountain. The idea is that as Sousa's "Cotton King March" plays, the ducks proceed along the carpet to the fountain. However, Sean's mother told me the ducks were so anxious to arrive that they pretty much stampeded. The young duckmaster was supposed to precede them with his duck-headed cane, but the ducks were so fast out of the elevator that they left him racing behind. After all, there's a big pool waiting with a big plate of food in it.