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Boston welcomes 2023 with First Night festivities

Boston prepares to welcome in 2023 with First Night festivities
Boston prepares to welcome in 2023 with First Night festivities 02:54

BOSTON - Copley Square in Boston was transformed into a First Night wonderland for families to enjoy on Saturday.

"Fantastic - love the show and the music and the crowd," said one attendee. "It's nice to see people out again."

First Night Boston festivities in Boston kicked off Saturday. CBS Boston

This year marks the 48th First Night celebration. Organizers said they expected hundreds of thousands of people to take part in the event. There were indoor and outdoor performances at the Boston Public Library and a parade down Boylston Street followed by a spectacular fireworks show. With vendors, ice sculptures, music and a laser show, excitement ran high in the last few hours of 2022.

"We came to see the ice sculptures before they melted," said one reveler. "They are really pretty."

Andrew came all the way from Germany to visit his daughter and see the show. " We've heard so much about Boston and all the festivities, and I just want to be part of it."

Revelers of all ages enjoyed the festivities at First Night Boston. CBS Boston


Organizers honored the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, which was perfect for the Hasgawa family, who flew up from Miami to be here.

"We are very excited to be here in Boston," said Miyuki Hasegawa. "They have been learning about - the tea party in social studies at school - so we wanted to show them what it looked like first hand."

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