May 7, Boston Public Garden
Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak, and Four Seasons Hotel Boston General Manager Bill Taylor will welcome Boston's most famous waterfowl back during the 25th Annual Return of the Swans celebration in the Public Garden on Tuesday, May 7. The festivities begin with entertainment at 11 a.m.
"We are pleased to welcome Romeo and Juliet back," Mayor Menino noted. "For a quarter of a century this event has heralded the approach of summer with the swans joining the Swan Boats as Public Garden icons known to visitors worldwide."
After wintering at the Franklin Park Zoo, Romeo and Juliet will reside for the summer in the Public Garden. The swans will be returned to the lagoon following a parade that begins at 11:30 a.m. 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 at 11:45 a.m.
The accompanying entertainment program, sponsored in part by the Boston Musicians' Association, begins at 11 a.m. The celebration will include a brass band, face painters, and readings of Make Way for Ducklings led by the Boston Park Rangers.
The Four Seasons Hotel Boston will provide refreshments and in-kind sponsor H.P. Hood LLC will offer tasty product samples. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.
For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505 or visit the Department on Facebook.