Jonathan Krygowski, 4, of Westford, blew the whistle as he led the Duckling Day parade dressed as Michael from the children's story, “Make Way for Ducklings.”
Jonathan Krygowski, 4, of Westford, blew the whistle as he led the Duckling Day parade dressed as Michael from the children's story, “Make Way for Ducklings.”
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Photos: Duckling Day Parade returns to Boston for Mother’s Day

Many families celebrated Mother’s Day at the annual Duckling Day parade at the Public Garden on Sunday.

The beloved tradition — put on by the Friends of the Public Garden in association with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department — has taken place annually for more than three decades, according to organizers. More than 1,000 people attend each year, organizers said.

For the uninitiated, children dress up as characters from Robert McCloskey’s classic “Make Way for Ducklings” children’s book during the event.

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Murdock Smith of Beverly lifted up his 10-month-old daughter, Olivia, after the parade.
Murdock Smith of Beverly lifted up his 10-month-old daughter, Olivia, after the parade.
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Boston, MA--5/13/2018-- Siri Carr, 10, of Beverly laughs as her brother David, 7, flaps the duck wings on his hat as the two take part in the Duckling Day parade. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 14duckling Reporter:
Siri Carr, 10, of Beverly, laughed as her brother, David, 7, flapped the duck wings on his hat.
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Boston, MA--5/13/2018-- BPD's Kerri Guerin (C) chats with Anita Fineberg, 8, of Pennsylvania and her sisters Emily, 2, and Carolyn, 5, before the start of the Duckling Day parade. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 14duckling Reporter:
Boston Police Department's Kerri Guerin (center) chatted with Anita Fineberg, 8, of Pennsylvania, and her sisters Emily, 2, and Carolyn, 5, before the start of the parade.
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Boston, MA--5/13/2018-- 13 month old Findlay Jones of Lowell was disguised as a duckling as he hung out in a wagon and snacked on goldfish following the Duckling Day parade. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 14duckling Reporter:
Findlay Jones, 13 months, of Lowell, was disguised as a duckling as he hung out in a wagon and snacked on goldfish following the parade.
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Boston, MA--5/13/2018-- Harvard Senior and drum major Christine Zheng jumps in the air as the Harvard band plays during the Duckling Day parade. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 14duckling Reporter:
Harvard senior and drum major Christine Zheng jumped in the air as the Harvard band played during the parade.
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Boston, MA--5/13/2018-- A child watches as the Harvard band performs during the Duckling Day parade. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 14duckling Reporter:
A child watched as the Harvard band performed.
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Boston, MA--5/13/2018-- Jonathan Krygowski, 4, of Westford blows the whistle as he leads the Duckling Day parade dressed as Michael from the children's story Make Way for Ducklings. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 14duckling Reporter:
Krygowski took the role of Michael very seriously.
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Boston, MA--5/13/2018-- Jonathan Krygowski, 4, of Westford blows the whistle as he leads the Duckling Day parade dressed as Michael from the children's story Make Way for Ducklings. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 14duckling Reporter:
Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Boston, MA--5/13/2018-- Jonathan Krygowski, 4, of Westford blows the whistle before the start of the Duckling Day parade dressed as Michael from the children's story Make Way for Ducklings. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 14duckling Reporter:
Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Boston, MA--5/13/2018-- Jonathan Krygowski, 4, of Westford laughs as he prepares to lead the Duckling Day parade dressed as Michael from the children's story Make Way for Ducklings. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 14duckling Reporter:
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