Today was the 1st Annual Great American Duck Race on Mud Island and it was a beautiful day for it. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. http://www.cff.org/chapters/memphis/ The emcee of the event said they had about 8,000 duck adoptions just before the 1pm duck drop into the harbor. At $5 a duck that's not a bad chunk of change. Thousands of rubber duckies were dropped into the harbor from the monorail bridge.
Someone won this Harley Davidson, which was the Grand Prize.
I used to occasionally run over the Auction Street bridge to Mud Island, down to the flags at it's southern tip and back home. I forget what nice grounds they have there and that you have a great view of the city. For those who don't know Mud Island(http://www.mudisland.com/riverwalk.asp) has a river museum, an ampitheatre, canoe and kayak rentals and a 5-block long replica of the lower Mississippi river, from Cairo, IL, to New Orleans, LA. The "1,000" mile journey ends at the Gulf of Mexico.
This is a section of the river replica at Memphis.
Gulf of Mexico replica