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Final Preparations Underway for First Night Boston

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    Cold Weather Means First Night Changes

    WIth cold temps predicted for Boston, city cancels some events for annual First Night Celebrations. 

    (Published Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017)

    Despite the freezing temperatures, the show will go on in Boston, where they are turning a tundra into a First Night destination. 

    The city is not ruling out the fact that they will have to make some tough decisions in these bitter wind chills. If there are high winds, they say the fireworks won't be possible, but the ice sculptures and the light show are not people dependent.

    The ice show scheduled for 6 p.m. on the Frog Pond had been canceled on New Year's Eve; officials announced by 8 p.m. on Saturday that the People's Parade at 6 p.m. Sunday and Family Fireworks on the Boston Common at 7 p.m. were also canceled due to concerns about severe frigid weather.

    The city is urging people who are coming to First Night to dress appropriately.

    Added Security Measures in Place for First Night Boston

    [NECN] Added Security Measures in Place for First Night Boston

    Police will be on rooftops to monitor the crowd.

    (Published Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017)

    "We want to make sure that everyone understands that First Night is an entirely outdoor event," Mayor Marty Walsh said. "There are no heating tents in Boston."

    There will be extra EMS crews on the ground to monitor the crowd just in case conditions worsen.

    One of the most exciting parts of First Night is the unveiling of the ice sculptures.

    "We think we have a little bit of something for everyone," First Night project manager Nicole Francouer says.

    That includes the big midnight countdown, pyrotechnics on the Fairmont Copley Plaza, and a laser light show.

    And this year there is something new that allows you to play detective with Boston as your playground.

    First Night Boston to Go on Despite Bitter Cold

    [NECN] First Night Boston to Go on Despite Bitter Cold

    Boston is not ruling out the fact that they may have to make some tough decisions in the bitter cold.

    (Published Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017)

    "We have the scavenger hunt this year which is a mobile scavenger hunt," Francouer says.

    City officials are also adding something new, as well, because a good time is a safe time.

    Police officers will also be on rooftops to monitor crowds from above.

    "To have people above the crowd looking down for a potential hazard like that is a new reality," Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said.  

    Boston officials say safety is the first priority. They say there is no known security threat to these festivities, but they will be ready to respond.

    Those coming out to celebrate will be greeted by Department of Public Works vehicles and other barriers blocking off Copley Square to prevent truck attacks.

    The MBTA and the Commuter Rails will be running later than usual where you can expect to see more transit police.

    All MBTA service will be free from 8 p.m. Sunday until 1 a.m. Monday.

    Keep in mind the extreme cold is causing serious delays on the Commuter Rail.

    Grab an extra layer if you're headed out, and click here for more on participating in the scavenger hunt on the GooseChase app.

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