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Boston Duckling Day Parade 2018

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Official Website:Boston Duckling Day Parade 2018
Location:Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA
Phone:(617) 723-8144
Dates:Sunday, May 13, 2018
Hours:10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Adults
Cost:$$$ see below
Category:Special Events

Boston Duckling Day Parade 2018The Friends of the Public Garden, in association with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department, will celebrate Mother’s Day with Boston-area families during its annual Duckling Day on Sunday, May 13th.

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 sculptures.

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

Sunday, May 13, 2018
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

Prior to the parade will be Playtime on the Common, a vibrant array of family entertainment including crafts, face painters, a magician, circus games with Esh Circus Arts, and climbing and jumping with the Knucklebones crew.  All families are welcome to decorate their wagons or strollers, bring a picnic, and enjoy springtime in Boston’s most beloved parks!

The registration fee is $35 per family in advance (before May 11th) and $40 per family the day of the event. Each child who registers will receive a special goody bag filled with Duckling Day themed items. It's a great way to support Boston's iconic parkland.

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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 (before May 11th) and $40 per family the day of the event. Each child who registers will receive a special goody bag filled with Duckling Day themed items.


Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA map

Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common.
MBTA to Park Street or Boylston; park at Motor Mart or Boston Common garage.
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.


  • This is a festive event and many kids are dressed up like ducklings - feel free to let your imagination go wild! We do sell duckling t-shirts and hats at the event if you want some last-minute decorating. Bring a picnic or enjoy one of the nearby dining options. The whole event is stroller-accessible though much of it is on the grass. All the fun begins at 10 AM and the parade begins at noon. Event is rain or shine!

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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