The air was festive - but windy.
Newspaper photographers came out to record the event. Swimmers wore festive attire for the third annual St. Pat's Plunge, an event to raise money for next weekend's St. Patrick's Day parade. Observers wore warm clothes. Lucky observers.
And then the official whistle blew, and it was time:
And it was cold! The swimmers ran out even faster than they ran in!
But anyone who's planning to plunge into the Atlantic Ocean in March knows that they should have a friend waiting with a warm towel.
And this is how we warm up for St. Patrick's Day in the most Irish town in America. :)