CITY OF YONKERS TO OFFICIALLY PARDON ONE TURKEY OF 75,000 BEING SERVED FROM LOCAL MERCHANT ON TUESDAY, NOV. 20, AT 1:30 pm
“Lucky” the Turkey to be Pardoned Ahead the Thanksgiving Holiday When Millions of Birds Won’t Be So Lucky
Yonkers, NY – City of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will join Stew Leonard, Jr., to spare one lucky turkey ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday with an official “pardon” by the City of Yonkers. Just one of 75,000 turkeys to be served this Thanksgiving by Stew Leonard’s will be pardoned in Yonkers. This is the New York/Metropolitan area’s version of the White House pardoning. “Lucky” the turkey will be sent to a Connecticut farm to live out his remaining days in freedom.
Over 88% of American citizens consume turkey on Thanksgivingving, according to the National Turkey Foundation. 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving, amounting to approximately 736 million pounds. Turkey are a uniquely American bird and have been considered a Thanksgiving staple beginning from the first accounts of the holiday in 1621. Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday and Lincoln was also the first president to pardon a Turkey in 1863. The official Presidential Turkey Pardon was declared a tradition in 1989, by President George H. W. Bush.
GREAT VISUALS AS “LUCKY” THE TURKEY GOBBLES HIS WAY TO FREEDOM AFTER BEING PARDONED BY YONKERS MAYOR.