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Boston Ducklings Day Parade 2014

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Official Website:Boston Ducklings Day Parade 2014
Location:Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA
Phone:(617) 723-8144
Dates:Sunday, May 11, 2014
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Adults
Cost:$$$ see below
Category:Special Events

Boston Ducklings Day Parade 2014The Friends of the Public Garden host the annual Duckling Day Parade.

A beloved Mother's Day tradition for over 20 years, the Duckling Day Parade celebrates the children’s classic book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.

Led by the Harvard University Marching Band, the parade will begin in the Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand and end in the Public Garden near the famous Make Way for Ducklings sculptures.

Bring your camera – the parade is possibly the most adorable thing you’ll ever see!

Prior to the parade there will be plenty of family entertainment including face painters, a magician, and puppet playtime with the Puppet Showplace Theater.

Mayor Walsh will greet families prior to the parade, and actors from the Wheelock Family Theater will do a dramatic reading from Make Way for Ducklings.

The Knucklebones crew will be leading children in a giant playtime, and moms are invited to enjoy a free mini-massage courtesy of Joint Ventures Physical Therapy.

The registration fee is $35 per family in advance and $40 per family the day of the event. Each child who registers will receive a special goodie bag filled with Duckling Day toys.

This beloved annual event on Mother’s Day celebrates the classic children’s story Make Way for Ducklings, about a pair of mallard ducks who decide to raise their family on the island of the Boston Public Garden lagoon and the family’s adventures getting there.

Each year, over a thousand children dressed as their favorite characters from the story gather on the Common to enjoy face painting, music making, clowns, and other entertainment before marching through Beacon Hill behind the Harvard Band to the Public Garden.

Registration and entertainment on the Common begin at 10:30 am at the base of the Shaw Memorial, across Beacon Street from the State House, and the parade begins at noon.

The event is hosted by the non-profit Friends of the Public Garden.


10:30: Entertainment and playtime begins
11:45: Mayor Walsh and Executive Director Liz Vizza greet families
12:00 noon: Parade begins
12:15 p.m. Parade ends at Make Way for Ducklings Statue
You may also preregister online at www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org


$35 donation per family in advance; $40 same day registration


Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA map

Boston Common - Corner of Beacon and Park Street

Green Line: “Park Street” stop
Red Line: “Charles Street” stop
43 bus and 55 bus both go to Part St. & Tremont St.

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Great Intro To The Commons!
Moving from Oregon two years ago, I was dedicated to getting into 'the city' as often as possible. While I've hit the hightlights; walking/waddling the Freedom Trail both pregnant and wearing a newborn, eating at the Old Union Oyster House, Children's Museum and Aquarium, I didn't feel like I'd had any non-tourist city time. Going solo on Mother's Day due to my husband's work schedule, I knew I'd want something fun to do, so signed up for the parade. It was So. Much. Fun! I have a 3.5 year old and an 11 month old. The parade route was short enough that my three year-old easily walked it all with full energy (read: got some energy out) and it ended right at Starbucks where he went potty and I re-fueled. We were walking through the Commons to get to the red line station, and I saw the universal signal of childhood fun...a swirling red and white canopy. Yep, a carousel! Bring your cash, because this $3 ride is well-worth the smiles! I got to ride free, since I was standing and I also didn't have to pay for the baby who had his usual seat on my hip bone. After the carousel, we saw the 'Tadpole Playground' which has a huge playstructure with multiple slides and climbers and a cushy ground cover that is great for preventing plaster casts and also conducive to putting a baby on the ground since it's not bite-sized like so many wood-chip or sand-filled varieties. The parade was such a fun way to have the kids get a little silly in their duck costumes, and for me to check out the absolutely beautiful homes that line the route. Discovering the park that we'll hit again and again was an added bonus. It was really busy, but I'm thinking a week-day would be less so. The subway was, as always, a fun experience for the kiddos, but I would advise that you don't bring a front-to-back double stroller as you wouldn't fit in the elevator. If you have to spend Mother's Day solo with the ones that made you able to celebrate that day, this was such a great way to do it!

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