New Year’s Eve Revelers Brave Frigid Conditions at Cape Cod Gatherings

Annual Chatham Town Photo

CHATHAM – The crowds were smaller than usual due to bone-chilling cold, but hundreds still turned out for First Night celebrations Sunday night in Sandwich and Chatham.

The temperature was in the single-digits as party-goers hit the streets for various activities.

Several of the outdoor activities in Sandwich were moved inside, but the traditional Revelers parade and fireworks show over Shawme Pond went on as scheduled.

Musical acts ranging from the Sandwich High School show choir ‘Sandwich Soul,’ to African Danceand rock and blues entertained at venues including Sandwich Town Hall and the First Church.

Chatham had to cancel the Carousel Organ and Horse-drawn wagon due to the temperatures, but the traditional road race still took place.

First Church in Sandwich during New Year’s Eve 2017

Two fireworks shows were held throughout the night, and music ranging from fiddling, to jazz and beach music kept people warm indoors.

The traditional town photo was also taken in front of the Chatham Lighthouse.

Health and happiness were the themes that people were hoping for in Chatham as 2018 approached.

“We’re having a lot of fun, we’ve got the whole family down and friends. We can’t wait for the fireworks,” said one bundled-up reveler.

In Provincetown, the Light Bright bike ride was cancelled due to frigid temperatures.

Paramount at the Crown & Anchor will have a warm spot for everyone 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Monday January 1st, along with a First Light Foodcourt.

The Fireworks are still scheduled for5:30pm on Monday.

Polar plunges in Yarmouth, Monument Beach and Barnstable Village were called off, but some bathers were still expected to jump in at Loop Beach in Cotuit.

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