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Photos from the annual L Street Brownies’ polar plunge

People run into the water during the L Street Brownies’ annual new year polar plunge.
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People run into the water during the L Street Brownies’ annual new year polar plunge.

With temperatures in the 50s in Boston on Tuesday morning, the L Street Brownies held their annual new year’s swim — one of the country’s oldest and most popular — at 9 a.m. near the Curley Community Center in South Boston. They estimated 600 people would attend.

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Mark Poutenis applied makeup before the annual plunge.
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Mark Poutenis applied makeup before the annual plunge.

Brion Bickerton waited for the 9 a.m. line up in his fifth year taking part in honor of his late wife.
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Brion Bickerton waited for the 9 a.m. line up. This was his fifth year taking part in honor of his late wife.

Participants cheered as they waited for the start of the plunge.
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Participants cheered as they waited for the start of the plunge.

This 1904 photograph of Richard Boland inspired his grandson, Richard Evans, of Hampton, N.H., to take the same plunge Tuesday.
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This 1904 photograph of Richard Boland inspired his grandson, Richard Evans, of Hampton, N.H., to take the same plunge Tuesday.

Monique Levenson tested the water temperature with a splash on her face.
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Monique Levenson tested the water temperature with a splash on her face.

Matthew Woods of Quincy (left) and Evan Dumas of Norton waited for the start of the event.
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Matthew Woods of Quincy (left) and Evan Dumas of Norton waited for the start of the event.

Swimmers lined up and started to prepare themselves for the swim.
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Swimmers lined up and started to prepare themselves for the swim.

Swimmers line up and start to prepare themselves for the swim.
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Tom McCauliffe of South Boston raised his horn before the start of the plunge.
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Tom McCauliffe of South Boston raised his horn before the start of the plunge.

Mark Potenis of Lunenburg (center) led the crowd in cheers before running into the water.
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Mark Potenis of Lunenburg (center) led the crowd in cheers before running into the water.

People ran into the water.
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People ran into the water.

Mark Potenis of Lunenburg ran into the water.
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Mark Potenis of Lunenburg ran into the water.

Swimmers enter the water during the annual L Street Brownies New Year's Day Plunge at the Curley Community Center in South Boston, Massachussets on January 1, 2019. - The water was 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 Celcius). The Brownies traditional swim on the New Year's dates back over 100 years. Many Brownies go out and swim 365 days a year, but on New Year's day they are joined by as many as 600 locals. (Photo by Joseph PREZIOSO / AFP)JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images
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Swimmers entered the water.

Swimmers enter the water during the annual L Street Brownies New Year's Day Plunge at the Curley Community Center in South Boston, Massachussets on January 1, 2019.
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Some people were adorned in costume for the plunge.
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Some people were adorned in costume for the plunge.

Peter Regan celebrated the New Year during the polar plunge.
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Peter Regan celebrated the New Year during the polar plunge.

Peter Regan held up his hat to keep it dry as he submerged his head.
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Peter Regan held up his hat to keep it dry as he submerged his head.

A swimmer stood in the water.
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A swimmer stood in the water.

Swimmers leave the water during the annual L Street Brownies New Year's Day Plunge at the Curley Community Center in South Boston, Massachussets on January 1, 2019.
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Swimmers enter the water during the annual L Street Brownies New Year's Day Plunge at the Curley Community Center in South Boston, Massachussets on January 1, 2019.
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Swimmers enter and exit the water during the annual L Street Brownies New Year's Day Plunge at the Curley Community Center in South Boston, Massachussets on January 1, 2019.
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Swimmers enter and exit the water during the annual L Street Brownies New Year's Day Plunge at the Curley Community Center in South Boston, Massachussets on January 1, 2019.
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Swimmers enter and exit the water during the annual L Street Brownies New Year's Day Plunge at the Curley Community Center in South Boston, Massachussets on January 1, 2019.
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Swimmers float during the annual L Street Brownies New Year's Day Plunge at the Curley Community Center in South Boston, Massachussets on January 1, 2019.
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Members of the Greater Boston Firefighters Pipe and Drum Corps play music at the end of the plunge.
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Members of the Greater Boston Firefighters Pipe and Drum Corps play music at the end of the plunge.

Members of the Greater Boston Firefighters Pipe and Drum Corps play music at the end of the plunge.
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Members of the Greater Boston Firefighters Pipe and Drum Corps play music at the end of the plunge.