What a beautiful day to welcome Romeo and Juliet back to the Swan Pond! After spending their winter at the Franklin Park Zoo the swans, who have been nesting together for ten years, were released back into the pond this morning. They enjoyed quite the reception complete with a parade, a few words from Mayor Thomas Menino and cookies shaped like swans to honor the pair’s return. After a few words from Park’s Commissioner Antonia Pollak, Mayor Menino explained to onlookers that these swans symbolize what is at the heart of this great city and said that he considers spring to have officially begun now that they are home safe.
For their part, the swans seemed eager to return to their home, they were hardly able to sit still as they waited for the doors to their crates to be opened. Upon returning to the water they glided serenely away, but under that graceful calm you could tell the swans were happy to be home.
Following the ceremony observers were invited to enjoy delicious swan shaped cookies and lemonade provided by the Four Seasons Hotel. It was a wonderful way to spend the morning. For more photos from the event visit the Friends of the Public Garden facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.383431108365253.80912.162662737108759&type=1&ref=notif¬if_t=like