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    L Street Brownies keep a tradition alive despite brutal weather

    Participants took the plunge during Annual L Street Brownies New Year's Day Swim.
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    Participants took the plunge during Annual L Street Brownies New Year's Day Swim.

    About 200 people braved the elements and took part in the L Street Brownies’ New Year’s Day swim.

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    Participants headed back to shore after making the frigid plunge.
    Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
    Participants headed back to shore after making the frigid plunge.

    For 200 or so brave souls, it was a day to step out onto the sand and — at least briefly — into the frigid waters of Boston Harbor at the annual L Street Brownies New Year’s Day Swim.
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    One man was jubilant after his dip.

    Steve Sheerin, right, carried Erik Kondo, who is disabled, Brownies New Year's Day Swim Monday.
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    Steve Sheerin (right) carried Erik Kondo into the water.

    Beforehand, participants stripped down to swimsuits, slipped into costumes, posed for group photos — and signed liability waivers.
    Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
    Beforehand, participants stripped down to swimsuits, slipped into costumes, posed for group photos — and signed liability waivers.

    Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

    Blanche Duggan, left, before she took the plunge.
    Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
    Blanche Duggan (left), before she took the plunge.

    The first morning of 2018 was sunny and cloudless in Boston, but with a temperature about 1 degree above zero, it was not what most people consider beach weather. Except for a group of hardy people in South Boston.
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    With a temperature of about 1 degree, it was not what most people consider beach weather.

    Other plunges up and down the coast were canceled because of the extreme cold — but not the one in Southie. It has never been canceled in its more than 100 years.
    Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
    Other plunges up and down the coast were canceled because of the extreme cold — but not the one in Southie. It has never been canceled in its more than 100 years.