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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

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

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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