The beloved annual Duckling Day Parade has become Boston’s most adorable Mother’s Day tradition, and that’s no lie. Children (and sometimes parents too) don duckling attire and retrace the route taken by Mama Mallard in Make Way for Ducklings (Viking Kestrel picture books) by Robert McCloskey.
Each year our little ducklings flock to the Boston Common ready for an adventure. They are greeted by a magician, a juggler a face painter and others who are there to celebrate this special occasion. When the time comes the ducklings line up with their families and the parade begins. They march out of the Common down Beacon Street and take a stroll through Beacon Hill.
If you haven’t seen it in person, just imagine waking up on Mother’s Day to hundreds of children dressed as ducks parading past your home. Did we mention this is Boston’s most adorable Mother’s Day tradition? It may even be the most adorable Mother’s Day tradition in the world. Others seem to agree.
New for 2014: the new mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh will continue the tradition of welcoming the ducklings in attendance. Plus – the Knucklebones team will bring their wonderful play equipment to encourage duckling frolicking… while massage therapists will be offering free mini-massages for moms to take a moment to relax.
Each year more and more families are participating in the Duckling Day Parade. In fact, we have outgrown our parade route. The parade will take place within the Boston Common and Public Garden to minimize the disruption our ducklings cause to city traffic. We are delighted that so many have embraced the Duckling Day parade as the premiere Mother’s Day event in Boston.
Registration and entertainment on the Common begin at 10:30 am at the Parkman Bandstand, and the parade begins at noon.
We hope to see you there this Sunday! Event will be held rain or shine, and there are no refunds.
The Friends of the Public Garden is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and protection of the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden, the Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.
Get the book here: Make Way for Ducklings (Viking Kestrel picture books)