'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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  • tiaisy
    tiaisy4/19/2013
    so cute
    • cahill74
      cahill747/19/2012
      cool!
      • jennifer c3/22/2012
        cool(:
        • Brianna11/16/2011
          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.. :)
          • Nikole11/16/2011
            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.
            • Laquila11/15/2011
              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.
              • cool 4/22/2011
                that is so cool
                • cool 4/22/2011
                  that is so cool
                  • cat lover8/27/2010
                    OMG THIS IS EWWWWWWWWWWWWW
                    • Amber243/12/2010
                      Omg thatis so nasty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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