Aqua String Band 2005 "Just Plain Dead". I release this under the GFDL. Mummers Parade, Philadelphia.

Happy New Year

I cannot believe that another year is nearly over! Depending on your time zone, we are literally just a day or two away from 2015. Instead of fireworks and countdown-to-midnight pictures, I searched for photos of more unusual New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day events and sights for this week’s post.

Polar Bear Plunges

Defying the elements and common sense, people across the world decide that New Year’s Day is the perfect day for a freezing cold dip in the ocean or other body of water. However, these “polar bear plunges” are performed during other times of the winter as well.

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By Dori (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0 us], via Wikimedia Commons

Two men in Lake Michigan, Polar bear plunge during New Year's Day 2009, Bradford Beach, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Two men in Lake Michigan, Polar bear plunge during New Year’s Day 2009, Bradford Beach, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 January 2009

 

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By Pa3ems (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Nederlands: Nieuwjaarsduik Texel Paal 9 2012
Nederlands: Nieuwjaarsduik Texel Paal 9 2012
1 January 2012

 

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Gordon Brown [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

New Year's day dip The RNLI were out to supervise 5 brave souls who braved the sea on January 1st 2009.
New Year’s day dip The RNLI were out to supervise 5 brave souls who braved the sea on January 1st 2009.
1 January 2009
Source: From geograph.org.uk

 

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By eagle102.net (originally posted to Flickr as Polar Bear Plunge) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

polar bear swimmers in icy water
Don Thomas from the Louisiana Fire Department was on hand in the icy waters of the Mississippi just in case any Polar Bears needed assistance in the water. Some took the plunge fully dressed, others thought the least amount of clothing to get wet would be best. -Jessie Sanders, EAGLE 102
26 January 2008, 15:03:38
Source: originally posted to Flickr as Polar Bear Plunge

Other New Year’s Day Activities

Some communities and families come up with their own New Year rituals. For example, some local residents burn their Christmas trees at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, Washington. They also have their own version of the polar bear plunge.

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Joe Mabel [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Burning Christmas trees at Golden Gardens Park, Seattle, Washington, USA, New Years Day 2013. An old Seattle tradition. With few exceptions, the trees are burned in the established metal fireplaces in the park.
Burning Christmas trees at Golden Gardens Park, Seattle, Washington, USA, New Years Day 2013. An old Seattle tradition. With few exceptions, the trees are burned in the established metal fireplaces in the park.
1 January 2013

 

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Joe Mabel [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

"Polar bear plunge" (winter swim) at Golden Gardens Park, Seattle, Washington, USA, New Years Day 2013.
“Polar bear plunge” (winter swim) at Golden Gardens Park, Seattle, Washington, USA, New Years Day 2013.
1 January 2013

 

This family decided to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a sleigh ride.

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By jsorbieus (originally posted to Flickr as DSC_0034) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

New family tradition - taking a sleigh ride in the woods on New Years Eve at the Black Horse Farms
Percherons. New family tradition – taking a sleigh ride in the woods on New Years Eve at the Black Horse Farms
http://blackhorsellc.com/index.html
31 December 2007, 16:54:17
Source: originally posted to Flickr as DSC_0034

New Year Performers

No New Year celebration would be complete without some performers in colorful costumes.

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By InSapphoWeTrust from Los Angeles, California, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

bagpiper in traditional costume playing bagpipes on the Las Vegas Strip on New Year's Eve
Nothing like ringing in the New Year on the Las Vegas Strip. I am ringing in 2012, after having rung 2010 in on the Strip as well. (And I am ringing 2013 in on the Strip too!)
Quite a bagpiper.
It was a very warm New Year’s Eve to end 2011 and start 2012, as evidenced by the light clothing on the revelers (including the revealing dress of the woman behind the bagpiper).
31 December 2011, 21:04
Source: Bagpiper, New Year’s Eve, Las Vegas Strip

 

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By Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

women dressed as robots with silver metallic short dresses and silver wigs
www.humanstatuebodyart.com.au
3 January 2013, 14:58
Source: The Star Robots New Years Eve

 

The Aqua String Band is an all volunteer string band, best known for their participation in Philadelphia’s annual Mummers Parade. The band was organized on April 2, 1920 by Elmer W. Leyrer and Fred J. Kesel, Sr. and incorporated into the String Band Association in 1945.

Source: “Aqua String Band” – Wikipedia

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By Roniannacone at en.wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Aqua String Band performing in the 2008 Philadelphia Mummers' New Years Day Parade in their tropical fish tank inspired theme - "Aqua Gets Tanked!". Photo taken by author.
The Aqua String Band performing in the 2008 Philadelphia Mummers’ New Years Day Parade in their tropical fish tank inspired theme – “Aqua Gets Tanked!”. Photo taken by author.
2008

 

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By Roniannacone (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 Aqua String Band - 2011 Performance
Aqua String Band – 2011 Performance
1 January 2011

 

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By Roniannacone at en.wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Aqua String Band 2005 "Just Plain Dead". I release this under the GFDL. Mummers Parade, Philadelphia.
Aqua String Band 2005 “Just Plain Dead”. I release this under the GFDL. Mummers Parade, Philadelphia.
2005

 

This is a time for new beginnings. I hope you have a wonderful New Year! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Happy New Year

    1. Happy New Year to you too, Ralph! 🙂 It has been a pleasure visiting your blog this past year, and your sense of humor is delightful. Thank you so much for liking so many of my posts and for taking the time to leave nice comments on my blog. I appreciate your support. 🙂

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