New Year’s Day swimmers boldly face freezing ocean waters for annual plunges in Boston and New York as an ice-cold hangover remedy

New Year’s Day swimmers boldly face freezing ocean waters for annual plunges in Boston and New York as an ice-cold hangover remedy

New Year’s Tradition: Polar Bear Plunges in New York and Boston

New Year’s Day in New York and Boston witnessed the continuation of a century-old tradition as brave swimmers embraced the bone-chilling waters for the annual polar bear plunges.

At Coney Island, New Yorkers flocked by the thousands, charging into the icy Atlantic despite temperatures lingering in the mid-to-low 40s.

Among the participants were those clad in customary swimwear, while others opted for a more festive approach, donning costumes, face paint, elaborate headgear, wigs, and vivid, oversized floats.

Meanwhile, in Boston, the L Street Brownies commenced their own polar plunge at M Street Beach, marking the start of their celebrations around 10 am.

Amid a reported temperature of approximately 44.6 degrees Fahrenheit in the Boston Harbor, participants emerged from the frigid ocean, some describing the experience as “very cold and shocking,” while others deemed it a thrilling way to kick off the new year.

Personal Traditions and Club Histories

For many, this event has become a cherished family tradition.

Couples adorned in New Year’s paraphernalia expressed their joy at merging their respective family customs into one.

A newly married couple, wrapped in the spirit of the occasion, shared their excitement, with the wife sporting a vibrant costume and a buoyant yellow rubber ducky float around her waist.

These plunges hold significant historical weight as well, with the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, established in 1903, boasting the title of the oldest winter bathing club in the country, organizing weekly swims from November to April.

Yet, the L Street Brownies assert their claim as the oldest ‘polar bear club’ in America, as reported by CBS News.

Charitable Endeavors and Event Turnout

Beyond the exhilarating start to the year, these plunges serve a charitable purpose, with proceeds benefiting local causes.

Last year’s Coney Island Polar Plunge drew an estimated crowd of 4,000 individuals, emphasizing the enduring appeal and community support for these longstanding traditions.

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