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Return of the Swans to The Public Garden Lagoon

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Official Website:Return of the Swans to The Public Garden Lagoon
Venue:Boston Public Garden
Location:Arlington Street; Beacon Street, Boston, MA map
Dates:Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Special Events

Return of the Swans to The Public Garden LagoonMayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook will welcome Boston’s most famous waterfowl back during the 28th Annual Return of the Swans celebration in the Public Garden on Tuesday, May 3. The festivities begin with entertainment at 11 a.m.

“Welcoming our swans back to Boston is a sign of spring in Boston,” said Mayor Walsh. “Romeo and Juliet are one of the many reasons why the Public Garden is special, and thousands of residents and tourists will visit the swans throughout the entire summer.”

After wintering at the Franklin Park Zoo, Romeo and Juliet will reside during the summer months in the Public Garden. The swans will be returned to the lagoon following a parade that begins at the Beacon and Charles Street corner of the park near the Make Way for Ducklings statue.
Carts beautifully decorated by Boston’s Winston Flowers will help usher the swans to the release site. Led by a brass band, the parade will continue to the George Washington Statue at the Commonwealth Avenue/Arlington Street entrance, over the pedestrian bridge, and end on the Boylston Street side of the lagoon for the official Return of the Swans ceremony.

The accompanying entertainment program, sponsored in part by the Friends of the Public Garden, begins at 11 a.m. The celebration will include a brass band, face painters, a reading of “Make Way for Ducklings” led by the Boston Park Rangers, and children’s activities presented by the Four Seasons Hotel Boston. In-kind sponsors H.P. Hood LLC and the Four Seasons Hotel Boston will provide cookies and tasty treats.

For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505 or visit the Department on Facebook.


11:00am - entertaiment
11:30am - parade
11:45am - ceremony

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