The Christmas tree in The Peabody Memphis Grand Lobby stands 30 feet tall and has approximately 20,000 lights on it. It takes 20 florists 7 hours to set up and decorate. There are an additional 11 Christmas trees and 600 feet of lighted garland used to decorate the Lobby, Mezzanine and remainder of the hotel.
Edward Pembroke, Peabody Hotel's original Duckmaster and creator of the famous March of the Peabody Ducks. An animal trainer when he arrived at the Peabody in 1940, he trained the hotel's resident ducks to march on the red carpet to John Philip Sousa's "King Cotton March," earning him the title of Duckmaster, a position he held for 50 years.