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First Night by the numbers

The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. in front of Hynes Convention Center and proceeds to Charles and Beacon streets.

YOON S. BYUN/GLOBE STAFF/FILE 2010

The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. in front of Hynes Convention Center and proceeds to Charles and Beacon streets.

Tonight, more than a million people are expected to turn out for First Night, a celebration of arts and culture that has been a hallmark of Boston since 1976. Here’s a breakdown of the festivities.

37th

Annual First Night in Boston. The event was first held Dec. 31, 1976.

70

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Cities nationwide that hold First Night events. At its peak, more than 200 cities held similar events.

$900,000

The budget for this year’s event. About a million people are expected to attend.

35

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Venues, indoors and outdoors, across the city.

1,000

Artists in 200 performances and exhibitions.

1,114

People marching in the grand procession. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. in front of Hynes Convention Center and proceeds to Charles and Beacon streets.

160

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Theater artists, including magicians, jugglers, and comedians.

3

Ice sculptures at Prudential Plaza and Copley Square.

280

Dancers performing in venues and during the procession.

300

Handmade puppets in the parade.

30-45

Weight, in tons, of each ice sculpture.

320

Musicians.

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