Thousands Celebrate Duckling Day Around Boston's Public Garden

Photo: Courtesy of the Friends of the Public Garden.

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Alongside Mother's Day, Boston tradition calls for many to flock to the Public Garden dressed as ducks to parade around the city's green space. Duckling Day 2022 on Sunday was the revival of an event that has been on virtual programming for the last couple years.

Largely inspired by Robert McClosky's Make Way for Ducklings, the kid-friendly parade was led by the Harvard University Marching Band from the Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Common and ending in the Public Garden next to the duckling statue.

The event was held by Friends of the Public Garden, an organization that has worked in partnership with the City of Boston for five decades, advocating for locations like the Boston Common and Commonwealth Avenue Mall in addition to the garden.

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“Parents across New England have done heroic work to keep their children safe and happy during the pandemic – which is no easy task,” said Liz Vizza, President of the Friends of the Public Garden. “We are delighted to be able to honor and celebrate our neighbors and families with this event that has become a true hallmark of springtime in Boston. As we embrace the warming weather, we hope this year’s Duckling Day sparks a renewed sense of delight in all that’s possible in our cherished outdoor spaces.”

Apart from the parade, there was plenty of entertainment too, as families enjoyed interactive circus games with Esh Circus Arts, street performances, and a reading station for Make Way for Ducklings.

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