Tuesday has been a lucky day for the official U.S. national Thanksgiving turkey and its alternate.

President Bush gave the national turkey, whose name is Marshmallow, and its alternate, Yam, the traditional Thanksgiving pardon in a ceremony at the White House.

The two turkeys will be flown to Disneyland in California to be part of the holiday display, and will also serve as honorary grand marshals for Disneyland's Thanksgiving Day parade on Thursday.

They will spend the rest of their lives at a Disneyland ranch.

For the past 15 years, the national Thanksgiving turkey and its alternate have been retired to a farm just outside Washington, DC in Virginia.

On the Thursday Thanksgiving Day holiday, millions of Americans traditionally enjoy a roasted turkey meal, which often includes yams with marshmallows.