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'25th Annual Return of the Swans Celebration,' Boston, May 7

Posted by Jen Clark Estes  April 26, 2013 10:05 AM

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The swans, Romeo and Juliet, in the Public Garden in 2012.

Help Boston's beloved swans, Romeo and Juliet, make their annual return to the Public Garden at the beginning of May. After wintering at the Franklin Park Zoo, Romeo and Juliet will reside for the summer in the Public Garden Lagoon. 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 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 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 sponsor H.P. Hood LLC will offer product samples. Tues., May 7. Festivities begin at 11 a.m.; parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Free. All ages. Boston Public Garden, Arlington St. & Beacon St., Boston. www.cityofboston.gov

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