CowParade is a public art project that exists to raise money for charity. Since about 1999, CowParade has sponsored artists to decorate sculptures of cows, which then get placed all around a major metropolitan city. The public gets to enjoy the cows, and then the cows are herded up and auctioned for charity. For more information, see the CowParade: About Us.
New York City got its share of cows back in 2000, and I remember running into a few when I was visiting. I even bought the book of cows so I could always go back and enjoy seeing the pictures of the cow sculptures. Artists are encouraged to design cows that fit the theme of the host city, so some of the cows were based on nearby buildings. (The "Twin Cowers" sculpture has taken on more somber tones since 9/11.)
Well, now CowParade is coming to Boston! This summer, Boston will be invaded by a herd of cow sculptures. It's being organized by The Jimmy Fund, and there's a whole long list of sponsors. I encourage everyone local to get out this summer and enjoy this bovine festival!