Boston gets ready for First Night festivities

December 29, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — Boston is gearing up for another night of fun to welcome in the New Year.

First Night celebrations begin Monday at noon and continue through midnight when a fireworks show over the harbor welcomes in 2019.

The event includes numerous cultural performances, including live music, dance, puppet shows, comedy shows, and the always popular ice sculptures.

Mayor Marty Walsh called the festivities that started in 1975 a “Boston tradition” and asked attendees to remember it is a family event and misbehavior will not be tolerated. He urged people to take the subway, taxis, or ride-hailing services to get into and around the city.

Police Commissioner William Gross reminded people that public consumption of alcohol and marijuana is illegal.

Organizers expect about 300,000 people, although attendance often depends on the weather.