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With swans’ return, a welcome to summer

It was the 26th Annual Return of the Swans celebration at the Public Garden.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

It was the 26th Annual Return of the Swans celebration at the Public Garden.

Despite cold temperatures, city officials took part in festivities marking the start of summer at the Public Garden Wednesday.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Chris Cook, interim commissioner of the Boston Parks & Recreation Department, brought Boston’s famous swans Romeo and Juliet back to the pond Wednesday morning.

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It was the 26th Annual Return of the Swans celebration, according to a statement from the Parks Department.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Romeo and Juliet off as they return to the Public Garden lagoon for the season,” Walsh said in the statement. “We recently launched the Swan Boats and now the real swans will join them. It’s a sure sign that summer is on the way in Boston.”

Romeo and Juliet returned from their winter vacation at the Franklin Park Zoo and will remain in the Public Garden for the summer, according to the statement.

The city planned to usher the waterfowl in on carts decorated with flowers.

A brass band was scheduled to lead the pair to their release sight at the Boylston Street side of the lagoon, read the statement.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com Follow her on Twitter @jacktemp.

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