Boston's Duckling Day Goes Virtual At Noon

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A longtime tradition in Boston, known as the cutest Mother's Day event in the city for the past 30 years, is going virtual.

Due to COVID-19, Boston's Public Garden's annual Duckling Day event is being livestreamed this year to keep everyone at home and socially distancing.

Duckling Day is a celebration of the children’s classic book, “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey. According to the event's website, every year over 1,000 people meet up for face painting and picnics, before they parade through Boston’s most picturesque parks, dressed like characters from the story.

Led by the Harvard Marching Band, the parade usually begins on the Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand and ends in the Public Garden near the famous Make Way for Ducklings sculpture.

The organizers said they are "very disappointed" they won’t get to see everyone in their Duckling Day gear this year, and they hope families will still celebrate and tune in online.

The event will be streamed live on Facebook at noon on Mother's Day, and it will include a Duckling Day greeting from Mayor Marty Walsh.

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