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Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

The last First Night?

The celebration needs to be kept alive — especially now

Not so long ago, marking the passage of old year into new on Boston streets was considered an act of some bravery.

“Be not afraid. Come on in,” wrote Globe columnist Ian Menzies on Dec. 29, 1976. He dared citizens to attend Boston’s first First Night celebration and show “New England and the nation that we, the people, are not afraid of our city; the city is ours; a place we will come to assemble and celebrate.”

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