It seems like spring just arrived, but there’s a sign that summer is officially on the way to Boston—the Public Garden’s iconic swans are returning April 30 during the 26th Annual Return of the Swans Celebration.
The swans, fondly known as Romeo and Juliet, will make their way back to the Garden’s lagoon after an especially long winter at the Franklin Park Zoo.
Festivities and live entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. The swans will be dropped off officially following a parade beginning at the Beacon and Charles Street corner of the park at the Make Way for the Ducklings statues.
Romeo and Juliet will be ushered in intricately decorated carts designed and made by Boston’s Winston Flowers. A brass band will lead the procession.
The swan boats were also recently launched and will be up and running during the festival.
Family-friendly activities will continue throughout the afternoon. Attendees can enjoy live music, face painting, readings of Make Way for the Ducklings (led by the Boston Park Rangers), and other children’s activities. Cookies and other treats will also be provided for visitors.
Find out more about the celebration from this Associated Press report.