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    National Thanksgiving Turkey to Serve as Grand Marshal of DLR Parade

    Disneyland Resort Press Release

    National Thanksgiving Turkey to Serve as Grand Marshal of Disneyland's Thanksgiving Day Parade



    NEW YORK, Nov. 21 --


    What is the "Happiest Turkey on Earth" going to do next? He's going to Disneyland! Following the traditional Presidential pardon of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a White House Rose Garden ceremony, the 2005 National Thanksgiving Turkey will board United Airlines Flight 197 and fly 2,288 miles first-class from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles with a final stop at "The Happiest Place on Earth," Disneyland.

    On Thanksgiving Day the 35-pound Tom Turkey will be honored as the grand marshal of Disneyland's Thanksgiving Day Parade as the park celebrates its 50th year. After the parade, the turkey will become a resident of Santa's Reindeer Ranch located within the park's Frontierland where he will live out the rest of his days.

    U.S. President Harry S Truman was the first Commander-in-Chief to be presented with a Thanksgiving turkey (in 1947) by the National Turkey Federation. This year's presentation marks the 58th anniversary of a tradition that has continued through 10 successive presidential administrations.

    The National Turkey Federation is the advocate for all segments of the U.S. turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities, which increase demand for its members products and protect and enhance the ability to effectively and profitably provide wholesome, high quality, nutritious turkey products.
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    But unlike the turkeys reprieved over the past 15 years, this year's bird will not be sent to Frying Pan Park, an animal farm in the Washington suburbs, to gobble to his heart's content for the rest of his days.

    This afternoon, minutes after his life is spared, the 35-pound presidential turkey - along with a backup bird - is going to Disneyland. On United Flight 197. First class.


    Frying Pan Park thinks the federation recognized all the good ink it could get by sending the turkey to media-rich California. And Disneyland is sure it won the bird to help the park celebrate its 50th anniversary.

    "It's very exciting," said Disneyland's Valarie Sukovaty.

    All sides seem to agree that Disneyland is a wonderful grazing ground for turkeys that might otherwise have landed as breast meat on the Thanksgiving groaning board.

    "We wish them all well," said Pedersen. "They've been with us for 15 years, a rich tradition at Frying Pan Park. And if they're ever looking for a place near the White House, the presidential suite doors remain open."

    PETA, which put in calls to the White House and to Disneyland to make sure "the turkey is not shoved into the cargo hold of an airplane, where thousands of animals die every year," expressed a certain Happiest Place on Earth sentiment.

    "It's hard to imagine a nicer place for anyone than Disneyland," said Friedrich.

    The presidential pardon is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. today. Then, like the Super Bowl MVP who within moments of victory declares that he's going to Disney World, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, accompanied by the alternate, will be whisked in a van and a motorcade - all at Disneyland's expense - to a 2:40 p.m. flight from Washington Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles.

    On Thursday, the turkeys will be honored as grand marshals of Disneyland's Thanksgiving Day Parade, sitting on a float. Afterward, they will become perhaps the most celebrated residents of Santa's Reindeer Ranch, in Frontierland.
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    Re: National Thanksgiving Turkey to Serve as Grand Marshal of DLR Parade

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    President Bush issued pardons Tuesday to Marshmallow and Yam during the traditional Thanksgiving ceremony.

    "I am going to grant a pardon today," Bush said during the televised festivity, adding "in past years the turkeys I've pardoned have gone on to live a life of leisure."

    "The granting of the turkey pardon is not a responsibility I take lightly," Bush joked, saying Yam, the alternate bird, was "out in a pickup truck on the South Lawn."

    Thirty-five pound Marshmallow beat out Yam in the annual election for the National Turkey. Bush said the race was "neck and neck."
    This year, after the presentation, the National Turkey and its alternate will be taken to Disneyland Resort and Theme Park in Anaheim, California to be a part of the holiday display and where they will stay the remainder of their natural lives. Both the turkeys will serve as honorary Grand Marshals for Disneyland’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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    Re: National Thanksgiving Turkey to Serve as Grand Marshal of DLR Parade

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    Following Presidential Pardon 'The Happiest Turkey on Earth' Heads West to 'The Happiest Place on Earth!'

    National Thanksgiving Turkey to Land at Disneyland

    ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 22 -- Today following the traditional Presidential pardon of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a White House ceremony in Washington, D.C., the 2005 National Thanksgiving Turkey became "The Happiest Turkey on Earth" by heading west to "The Happiest Place on Earth" -- Disneyland! Accompanied by National Turkey Federation Chairman Pete Rothfork on United Airlines Flight 197 from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, the famous fowl flew first-class 2,288 miles nonstop to the west coast for a special Thanksgiving Day honor.

    On Thursday the famed bird will be the grand marshal of Disneyland's Thanksgiving Day Parade as the park celebrates its 50th anniversary year. After the parade, the turkey will move in to Santa's Reindeer Round-up in the park's Frontierland section to meet his eager fans.

    "It was an honor to represent the turkey industry at the White House and help President Bush welcome in the Thanksgiving holiday season," stated Rothfork. "And now we're delighted to have the National Thanksgiving Turkey be a part of Disneyland's 50th anniversary and Thanksgiving Day festivities." The 18-1/2 week old tom turkey weighs about 37 pounds and was raised under Rothfork's direct supervision. He was brought up on a farm owned and operated by Jim and Vicki Trites in Henning, Minnesota.
    "We're excited to have the 2005 National Thanksgiving Turkey as our guest at the Disneyland Resort," said Matt Ouimet, president of the resort in southern California. "The magic of Disneyland appeals to everyone and we are looking forward to having him join us and meet our guests from around the world."

    "United is honored to assist the National Thanksgiving Turkey in fulfilling the dream of all domestic turkeys -- to be able to fly," said Jeff Foland, United vice president, North America Sales. "It makes perfect sense the National Thanksgiving Turkey would relish the chance to fly United first class to Disneyland after being pardoned and we're proud to assist in making him the 'happiest turkey in the air'."

    U.S. President Harry S Truman was the first Commander-in-Chief to be presented with a Thanksgiving turkey (in 1947) by the National Turkey Federation. This year's presentation marks the 58th anniversary of a tradition that has continued through 10 successive presidential administrations.

    About the National Turkey Federation

    The National Turkey Federation is the advocate for all segments of the U.S. turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities, which increase demand for its members' products and protect and enhance the ability to effectively and profitably provide wholesome, high quality, nutritious turkey products.
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    Re: National Thanksgiving Turkey to Serve as Grand Marshal of DLR Parade

    Disneyland Resort Press Release

    NATIONAL TURKEY is THE STAR OF THANKSGIVING DAY at “THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH!”

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 24, 2005) - - Today in a Thanksgiving Day salute the 2005 National Thanksgiving Turkey, named Marshmallow, was honored as the grand marshal of Disneyland’s Thanksgiving Day parade as the park celebrates its 50th anniversary year. The famed turkey “gobbled” his way down Main Street, U.S.A. under sunny 73-degree skies surrounded on a float by children dressed as little Pilgrims and Native Americans. After the parade, the turkey was moved to Santa’s Reindeer Round-up in the park’s Frontierland section to greet his eager fans.

    Following the traditional Presidential pardon of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a White House ceremony on Tuesday, November 22, in Washington, D.C., the 2005 National Thanksgiving Turkey became “The Happiest Turkey on Earth” and then headed west to “The Happiest Place on Earth” - - Disneyland! Joined by National Turkey Federation Chairman Pete Rothfork on United Airlines Flight 197 from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, the National Thanksgiving Turkey flew first-class 2,288 miles nonstop to the west coast for the special Thanksgiving Day honor.

    The 18 ½ week old tom turkey weighs about 37 pounds and was raised under Rothfork’s direct supervision. He was brought up on a farm owned and operated by Jim and Vicki Trites in Henning, Minnesota.

    About the National Turkey Federation

    The National Turkey Federation is the advocate for all segments of the U.S. turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities, which increase demand for its members¹ products and protect and enhance the ability to effectively and profitably provide wholesome, high quality, nutritious turkey products.
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