The Originator of the Duck Duck Jeep Movement Has Passed Away

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

One of the things that seems to divide Jeep owners more than other issues is the little rubber ducks seen on dashboards at trails across the country. While they seem to be everywhere now, “ducking” Jeeps is a relatively new phenomenon, having only started during the pandemic. Sadly, though, the person behind the cheerful movement recently passed away.

Allison Parliament started placing rubber ducks on Jeeps during a pandemic-era road trip. After an unpleasant experience with a person at a gas station, she decided to spread some joy by writing a note on a duck and leaving it on the door handle of a modified Wrangler. The owner noticed her efforts and suggested she post a photo on social media, causing the hashtag to go viral.

That set off a surprising tide of people sharing colorful rubber ducks with other members of the community. Jeep noticed her efforts and 60-foot inflatable duck outside the 2022 Detroit Auto Show, and the movement has gone international, with “duckings” reported on at least six continents.

Parliament, who became synonymous with the practice, made her last Instagram post on June 16.

“I got ducked today,” was the message, and her passing has brought a swell of support from the Jeep community. Several people took to Facebook, LinkedIn, and other platforms to voice their support for Parliament and the community she created, and regardless of how you feel about “ducking,” a little more kindness and understanding is something we can all appreciate.

[Images: Davslens, Dolores M. Harvey, and Fillipo Carlot via Shutterstock]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Wolfwagen Wolfwagen on Jun 27, 2024

    I never knew about this until my daughter started to date her boyfriend who is a jeep guy. He had so many he gave her a bunch for her MINI Convertible

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jun 27, 2024

    I'll see how this goes once my CJ5 is on the road.

    I've seen a ducky "duck you" version.

  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
  • Kcflyer it's not a ford, it's not a mustang. just like the ford gt is not a ford but multimatic gt or mustang wouldn't roll off the tongue