'Pumpkin' And 'Pecan' Head To Disneyland

By Meera Dolasia on November 28, 2008

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On a day when most of his cohorts  ended up on the dinner table, Pumpkin a Tom Turkey, pardoned by President Bush in an elaborate ceremony on Wednesday, strutted his feathers as Grand Marshal, in a live televised Thanksgiving Parade at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim .

While the age-old tradition has been in place since President Harry Truman pardoned the first turkey in 1947, the trip to Disneyland is a new tradition that started four years ago.

20-week old, Pumpkin and his friend Pecan, who also received a Presidential pardon, started their adventure with a police escort to Washington-Dulles airport. Here they settled down in the first-class cabins of United Airlines flight Turkey-1, for their 5-hour journey to their new home at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Accompanied by Paul Hill, the Chairman of the National Turkey Federation and his family, Pumpkin then led the special Thanksgving parade on Main Street U.S.A.

After that, he and Pecan settled into their new new home at Santa's Reindeer Round-Up at Big Frontierland, where they will spend the rest of their days, hobnobbing with the other famous residents. To view Pumpkin and Pecan's thanksgiving parade go to http://www.disneylandevent.com/turkeycam/. Happy Thanksgiving!

Source: Disneyparkresorts.com

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  • coolTuesday, November 24, 2015 at 9:11 am
    cool cool cool
    • creeperTuesday, November 24, 2015 at 9:09 am
      • ellimae
        ellimaeThursday, January 29, 2015 at 2:09 pm
        love it
        • nikukyu
          nikukyuFriday, November 28, 2014 at 2:23 am
          I'm sure it would be disturbing to the turkeys to see they're relatives gobbled up:(
          • peacheslarue
            peacheslarueWednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm
            Sure...........Poor Turks!
          • tiaisy
            tiaisyFriday, April 19, 2013 at 1:18 am
            so cute
            • cahill74
              cahill74Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm
              • jennifer cThursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:41 am
                • BriannaWednesday, November 16, 2011 at 5:14 am
                  i would think that the old presidents would have bigger and better things to do... ! but turkey's being in a parade is really cool.. it makes me want to be a turkey except the fact that i would be eaten.. so i learned that turkeys are actually really important in this tradition.. :)
                  • NikoleWednesday, November 16, 2011 at 5:10 am
                    I can't believe that turkeys can actually be in parades. I think that two turkeys being in a parade was very cool and unusual.
                    • LaquilaTuesday, November 15, 2011 at 5:23 am
                      I leraned that they actually have an event with the president in it dealing with pumkins. I was very suprised at this I had no clue the president woul even care about pumkings at all.

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