Boston’s two favorite swans will soon join the boats gliding across the Public Garden’s lagoon when the city returns them to their summer home.
The 25th Annual Return of the Swans celebration will help the swan pair, named Romeo and Juliet, migrate from their winter home at the Franklin Park Zoo to the Public Garden with a parade and festivities Tuesday.
“We are pleased to welcome Romeo and Juliet back,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a statement. “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.”
Menino will join Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak and Four Seasons Hotel Boston General Manager Bill Taylor to help the swans will return to the lagoon in style.
The swans will travel in carts decorated by Winston Flowers and will join a procession through the garden starting at 11: 30 a.m. Starting at the corner of Beacon and Charles Street near the Make Way for Ducklings statue, the parade will be led by a brass band as it continues 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.
There, the official Return of the Swans ceremony will begin at 11:45 a.m.
Before the swans arrive, children and families can celebrate with face painting and readings of Make Way for Ducklings by the Boston Park Rangers as the brass band plays. Those festivities, sponsored in part by the Boston Musicians' Association, will begin at 11 a.m.
The Four Seasons Hotel Boston Hood will also provide refreshments.
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