Make Way for Duckling Day

Our favorite Duckling Day parade is fast approaching! This annual event, held on Mother’s Day each year, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 13 on the Boston Common. We’re gearing up for a day of face painting, magic making and children dressed as ducklings—a fun and unique way of celebrating Mother’s Day.

Inspired by the popular children book, Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, our Duckling Day parade is an enjoyable experience for children and adults alike.  We retrace the steps of the book’s adorable characters, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their eight duckling children. Led by the Harvard marching band, the parade begins at the Boston Common and runs through Beacon Hill.

We like to celebrate this event on Mother’s Day in recognition of Mrs. Mallard, the noble mother  duck who leads her children to safety in the Public Garden. Duckling Day gives mothers an opportunity to guide their own “ducklings” to safety as the parade winds through Beacon Hill and ultimately finishes near the Make Way for Duckling’s statue on the Public Garden.

It’s a wonderful afternoon for all children and parents who attend. Join us this year and help make this our biggest Duckling Day parade yet! Prior to the parade, we provide plenty of entertainment, including a face painter, a balloon artist and a magician. Mayor Menino will even greet families at the end of the parade, and actors from the Wheelock Family Theater will perform a dramatic reading of the book.

For more information take a look at the flier below!

4 thoughts on “Make Way for Duckling Day

  1. Katie Brillantes

    How long is the parade in minutes or miles? Trying to decide if my little ones can do it this year or not. Thx!

  2. Ana

    Hi, how many people are considered to be part of a family? We are 3 adults and 3 children in my house. Can we just pay for one family?

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