scorecardresearch

Photos from the annual L Street Brownies’ polar plunge

People run into the water during the L Street Brownies’ annual new year polar plunge.
People run into the water during the L Street Brownies’ annual new year polar plunge. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

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.

Mark Poutenis applied makeup before the annual plunge.
Mark Poutenis applied makeup before the annual plunge.(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Brion Bickerton waited for the 9 a.m. line up. This was his fifth year taking part in honor of his late wife.
Brion Bickerton waited for the 9 a.m. line up. This was his fifth year taking part in honor of his late wife.(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Participants cheered as they waited for the start of the plunge.
Participants cheered as they waited for the start of the plunge.(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
This 1904 photograph of Richard Boland inspired his grandson, Richard Evans, of Hampton, N.H., to take the same plunge Tuesday.
This 1904 photograph of Richard Boland inspired his grandson, Richard Evans, of Hampton, N.H., to take the same plunge Tuesday.(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Monique Levenson tested the water temperature with a splash on her face.
Monique Levenson tested the water temperature with a splash on her face.(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Matthew Woods of Quincy (left) and Evan Dumas of Norton waited for the start of the event.
Matthew Woods of Quincy (left) and Evan Dumas of Norton waited for the start of the event.(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Swimmers lined up and started to prepare themselves for the swim.
Swimmers lined up and started to prepare themselves for the swim.(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Tom McCauliffe of South Boston raised his horn before the start of the plunge.
Tom McCauliffe of South Boston raised his horn before the start of the plunge.(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Mark Potenis of Lunenburg (center) led the crowd in cheers before running into the water.
Mark Potenis of Lunenburg (center) led the crowd in cheers before running into the water.(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
People ran into the water.
People ran into the water.(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
 Mark Potenis of Lunenburg ran into the water.
Mark Potenis of Lunenburg ran into the water. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Swimmers entered the water.
Swimmers entered the water. (JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Some people were adorned in costume for the plunge.
Some people were adorned in costume for the plunge.(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Peter Regan celebrated the New Year during the polar plunge.
Peter Regan celebrated the New Year during the polar plunge.(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Peter Regan held up his hat to keep it dry as he submerged his head.
Peter Regan held up his hat to keep it dry as he submerged his head. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
A swimmer stood in the water.
A swimmer stood in the water.(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
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.(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
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.(JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)