Boston's First Night celebrations return to ring in 2022

2021-12-30 06:07:37 By : Mr. Skycut Lee

In-person New Year’s Eve festivities return to Boston this weekend with the relaunch of First Night, the citywide celebration featuring musical performances, fireworks and ice sculptures throughout the Back Bay and North End waterfront.

“I’ve been participating in Boston’s First Night for 35 years. I’m one of the originals,” ice sculptor Don Chapelle told the Herald.

Chapelle is one of numerous artists who will dazzle New Year’s Eve revelers with their enormous ice creations.

The New England Aquarium asked Chapelle to carve a scene featuring a six-foot leatherback sea turtle to highlight their scientists’ rescue work in New England. Just a few months ago, Aquarium workers helped release a 600-pound leatherback into the ocean after it had stranded on Cape Cod.

“This is such a great honor to do a piece at the aquarium, because the scientists ask us to do the pieces implore us that we make them life-size and realistic,” Chapelle said.

The finished product will be 16 feet long, formed out of 12,000 pounds of ice. Chapelle and his assistants use chainsaws, irons and various other tools to melt, chip and shave the ice.

The public can stroll through 25 different locations featuring ice sculptures at the waterfront alone, on Dec. 31, from 1 p.m. to dusk. Other sculptures will sit in the Back Bay.

After going virtual to ring in 2021, First Night festivities will kick off at noon on New Year’s Eve with live music and performances outside the Copley location of the Boston Public Library.

Stages set up in Copley Square will feature live entertainment until midnight, when fireworks will deploy from Christopher Columbus Park. The city will also offer family fireworks at the Common at 7 p.m.

The city will also welcome back its Celebrate Boston procession, a parade of live music, from 6-7 p.m. in Back Bay.

BOSTON MA - December 28: Jeff Hayward helps Don Chapelle of Brilliant Ice Sculpture along with Lars-Erik Miller install a flipper to a massive leatherback sea turtle ice sculpture, at the New England AquariumÕs Central Wharf on December 28, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

BOSTON MA - December 28: Don Chapelle of Brilliant Ice Sculpture works on a massive leatherback sea turtle ice sculpture, at the New England AquariumÕs Central Wharf on December 28, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

BOSTON MA - December 28: Onlookers watch as Don Chapelle of Brilliant Ice Sculpture works on a massive leatherback sea turtle ice sculpture, at the New England AquariumÕs Central Wharf on December 28, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

BOSTON MA - December 28: Jeff Hayward helps Don Chapelle of Brilliant Ice Sculpture along with Lars-Erik Miller install a flipper to a massive leatherback sea turtle ice sculpture, at the New England AquariumÕs Central Wharf on December 28, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

BOSTON MA - December 28: Don Chapelle of Brilliant Ice Sculpture works on a massive leatherback sea turtle ice sculpture, at the New England AquariumÕs Central Wharf on December 28, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

BOSTON MA - December 28: A ice sculpture designed by Don Chapelle of Brilliant Ice Sculpture of a massive leatherback sea turtle at the New England AquariumÕs Central Wharf on December 28, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

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