The Friends of the Public Garden, in association with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department, celebrates Mother’s Day with Boston-area families during its annual Duckling Day event.
Duckling Day 2020 is VIRTUAL!
Based on the recommendations from the CDC and from city officials, we have cancelled Duckling Day this year. The next Duckling Day will be on Sunday, May 9th, 2021.
We know many families were excited and ready to join us for a wonderful event. We are very disappointed we won’t see all of them in their Duckling Day gear! If you registered for the event, you should have received an email Wednesday, March 18 with refund information — please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you did not.
A beloved tradition for more than 30 years, Duckling Day celebrates the children’s classic book, “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey. Every year, over 1,000 people meet up and parade through Boston’s most picturesque parks, dressed like characters from the story. Led by the Harvard Marching Band, the parade will begin on the Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand and end in the Public Garden near the famous Make Way for Ducklings sculpture. Bring your camera – the parade is possibly the most adorable thing you’ll ever see!
Prior to the parade will be Playtime on the Common, a vibrant array of family entertainment including crafts, face painters, a magician, circus games, and more. All families are welcome to decorate their wagons or strollers, bring a picnic, and enjoy springtime in Boston’s most beloved parks!