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First Night gets awesomely weird but leads to tough choices
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When partying with style, you can’t do it all. What you can manage to do, though, you should enjoy with great gusto. Enjoying Boston’s annual First Night celebration is no different. Rescued from the jaws of recession in October (in a last-minute effort led by the city and donors like the Highland Street Foundation), the city’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration was about to be absent from the environs of the Back Bay for the first time this year since 1975. And as part of his swan song campaign, Mayor Thomas Menino announced in a November press conference that this year’s “new day” for Boston’s First Night would be “bigger and better.” More