- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Hundreds of swimmers plunged into Boston Harbor on Friday for the L Street Brownies’ annual New Year’s Day Swim.

The Boston Globe (https://bit.ly/1P5zpYP ) reports that almost 1,000 people gathered to participate in the plunge, which is one of the oldest traditions in Boston and has taken place each year on Jan. 1 for more than a century.

The Brownies are the oldest “polar bear” swimming club in the country.

Swimmers headed into the water starting soon after 8 a.m., when temperatures were about 36 degrees.

The event is hosted by the Boston Centers for Youth & Families Curley Community Center in South Boston.

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