- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A crowd is gathering at Chicago’s lakefront to watch comedian Jimmy Fallon plunge into Lake Michigan.

Fans of “The Tonight Show” host are carrying signs with pictures of his head. Some are dressed in costumes - including, of course, polar bears.

The New York-based comedian agreed to make Sunday morning’s so-called Polar Plunge with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a condition of the mayor appearing on Fallon’s show.

The annual event draws several thousand plungers to raise money for Special Olympics Chicago.

Seventeen-year-old high school senior Marilyn Lamanna got up at 5 a.m. to get a spot where she hopes to watch the feat unfold.

She says that between Fallon and the Special Olympics, “it doesn’t get much better.”

The air temperature is 10 degrees, while the water is 32 degrees.