Duckling Day returns for Mother’s Day in Boston


Families gathered to celebrate Mother’s Day and read Boston’s precious children’s book “Pave the Way for the Ducklings.”

Boston, MA – 05/08/2022 – The Duckling Day Parade marched across the bridge in the Public Garden. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globo Team)

After two years of virtual programming, Duckling Day – a longstanding Boston Mother’s Day tradition – has resumed festivities on Boston Common and Public Garden Sunday.

Hundreds of families gathered with their children dressed as ducklings in honor of the beloved Boston children’s book “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey.

The kids were excited to visit the giant duck for hugs and greetings, and to see the Duckling Day parade. The parade is led by the Harvard University Marching Band and runs from the Parkman Bandstand on the Common to the “Make Way for Ducklings” statue in the Public Garden.

“Parents across New England have done heroic work to keep their children safe and happy during the pandemic — which is no easy feat,” Liz Vizza, president of Friends of the Public Garden, said in a press release.

“…As we embrace the warm weather, we hope this year’s Duckling Day will spark a renewed sense of delight in all that is possible in our beloved outdoor spaces.”

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu was present and visited parents and children.

On the Common, Duckling Day attendees enjoyed a vibrant array of entertainment, including interactive circus games with Esh Circus Arts, performances by Jenny the Juggler and magician Peter O’Malley, opportunities to jump, climb and play with Knucklebones. and a “Make Way for Ducklings,” the statement said.

Each child in attendance received a bag full of Duckling Day-themed items, and parents shared photos on social media using the hashtag #DucklingDay.

“This is what we love to see most in our parks,” Vizza said in the statement. “Flowers and smiles and friends.”

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