BOSTON (CBS) – The annual Ducklings Day Parade was held Sunday at the Boston Public Garden.

The event, which is held on Mother’s Day, celebrates the classic children’s story, “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey. Every year, more than 1,000 children gather on Boston Common to participate in the parade and dress as their favorite characters from the story.

In Photos: Duckling Day Parade

Mayor Tom Menino was among the public officials who attended this year’s event, which featured actors from the Wheelock Family Theater performing readings from “Make Way for Ducklings.”

The children’s story tells the tale of a pair of mallards who decide to raise their ducklings on the island in the Boston Public Garden lagoon. A statue inspired by the story near the corner of Beacon and Charles streets is one of the most popular family attractions in the city.


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