Duckling Day is Right Around the Corner!

 Photos Courtesy of Michael Dwyer

It’s time to get your ducklings in a row! The Friends of the Public Garden will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8th with Boston-area families during its Duckling Day parade. Based on the children’s classic Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, Duckling Day is an annual event where children and their families retrace the steps of the beloved characters Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their family of eight ducklings. Led by the Harvard University Band, the parade will begin at the Boston Common on the corner of Beacon and Park Street. Children will parade through Beacon Hill dressed like Mack, Lack, and other characters from the story, and end in the Public Garden near the famous duckling statues. Mayor Menino will greet families at the end and actors from the Wheelock Family Theater will do a dramatic reading. Before the parade, there will be plenty of entertainment including face painting, balloons animals, and a magician.

Registration will begin at 10:30am and the parade will begin at noon. A donation of $25 per family is requested for all participants and each family who registers will receive a special goodie bag filled with Duckling Day toys and treats. For more information, please visit www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org, or call Regina Norfolk at (508) 494-6630 or Harron Ellenson at (617) 267-7366.

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