First Night Parade in Boston - New Year's Eve

by Ilene

Would you please send info about the parade - when, where, what? Thanks!

Reply from Susan at Boston Discovery Guide:

The First Night parade - called the "Grand Procession" - really is huge and colorful. It's been led for ever since the first First Night 37 years ago by the Back Alley Puppet Theatre and the Puppeteers Cooperative. Their elaborate and colorful costumes set the stage for the rest of the extravaganza. Dozens of groups with connections to Boston's arts community, performers, and musicians take part. You'll see elaborate floats, costumes, performances, including people on stilts, unicycles, and jugglers. It's even more colorful than Boston's St Patrick's Day Parade.

The Grand Procession leaves the Hynes Auditorium at 5:30 and marches down Boylston St to Boston Common - takes about a hour. If you want to see the ice skating show at Frog Pond at 6, or even the fireworks on the Common at 7, you should either walk along with it, or head over to the Common before it begins and watch it as it arrives.

Enjoy the parade, and Happy New Year!

Boston Discovery Guide

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