Duckling Day Parade

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Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
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The Friends of the Public Garden celebrates Mother’s Day with Boston-area families during its annual Duckling Day.

A beloved tradition for over 30 years, Duckling Day celebrates the children’s classic book, Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey. Every year, hundreds of local children meet up and parade through Boston’s most picturesque parks, dressed like characters from the story.  Led by the Harvard Marching Band, the parade begins in the Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand and ends in the Public Garden near the famous Make Way for Ducklings sculptures.

Prior to the parade is Playtime on the Common, a vibrant array of family entertainment including crafts, face painters, and a magician. Climb and jump with the Knucklebones crew. All families are welcome to decorate their wagons or strollers, bring a picnic, and enjoy springtime on the Common.

The registration fee is $35 per family in advance and $40 per family the day of the event.  Each child who registers receives a small goody bag with Duckling Day–themed treats. 

10:00 a.m. – Registration/check-in begins

10:00 a.m. – Playtime on the Common begins

11:45 a.m. – Executive Director Liz Vizza greets families

12:00 p.m. – Parade begins

Register online in advance.

Photo Courtesy of Friends of the Public Garden


Boston Common
Tremont Street Parkman Bandstand
02108 Boston , MA 42° 21' 22.3704" N, 71° 3' 44.2728" W
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