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Hello, New YEAr:Boston's annual First Night festivities — 'the best free time you can ever have in your life,' as one participant put it — draw thousands, defying a forecast for rain

Jan 01, 2019 - The Boston Globe

For Judy Jackson, New Year's Eve typically means parading with puppets in the heart of Boston.

This year was no different.

Monday night found her rushing from her job as a genetic counselor at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth to Copley Square for the People's Procession to Boston Common, part of the First Night Boston festivities. She held aloft a stork-like bird creature, while her 26-year-old son, John Olins, had a large flower.

Anyone who shows up and wants to march in the p...