BOSTON (CBS) — Hundreds of swimmers braved the cold air and frigid waters of Boston Harbor Sunday morning for the annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge, sponsored by the L Street Brownies and the BCYF Curley Community Center.

An estimated 600 participants showed up at the beach off Columbia Road in South Boston for the mid-morning event.

This event has been held for more than 100 years, dedicated to past and deceased L Street members. According to the group, the Brownies are the oldest “Polar Bear” club in the United States.


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