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Helpful Information: L St. Brownie’s New Year’s Day Plunge

One of Boston’s oldest traditions will continue New Year’s Day with an estimated 600 people plunging into Boston Harbor for the annual “L Street Brownies” New Year’s Day Plunge.

The plunge is hosted by the L Street Brownies at the BCYF Curley Community Center. Make sure to use the “M” Street entrance.  Due to the tide schedule, it will start at 9 a.m. Other information you should know:

  • Doors open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 10:30 a.m. Building closes for the day at 10:30 a.m.
  • Participants should arrive dressed for the water as the men’s and women’s locker and shower rooms will not be available.
  • Water shoes are suggested due to shells and rocks left by the tide.
  • Pets are not allowed, please leave your furry friends at home.
  • No alcohol.
  • There is no need to pre-register. You will be asked to fill out a short form when you arrive.
  • Lifeguards will be on duty.
  • Participants must be age 16 and older.
  • Leave the little ones at home. There are no inside areas available to leave them during the swim.

This event has taken place for over 100 years. The Brownies are the oldest “polar bear” club in America.  The Brownies promote health, fun, and friendship.  Each year, the plunge is dedicated to past and recently deceased Brownies.  Spectators are welcome and creative costumes are encouraged.

Learn more about taking a plunge for local Southie families in need! 

Image via: Boston Public Library/Leslie Jones Photographer

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Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.


    • Maureen Dahill says

      Hi there! The plunge itself is just for fun but there is a fundraiser out of L Street Tavern. They will be selling raffles etc. There is no “entry” cost. You’re encouraged to buy raffles! Thanks!