Up north, a polar plunge might attract a rowdy group of teenagers and a gaggle of crazy old men. But Sunday’s Polar Plunge on Sullivan’s Island drew hundreds of people who wanted to ring in the New Year with a dip in the not-quite-icy waters of the Atlantic.
Hosted by Dunleavy’s Pub and benefiting the Special Olympics, the afternoon plunge featured revelers of all ages dressed up as everything from cops in cutoffs to giant solo cups diving into the sea. Everyone enjoyed splashing around, from kids and parents to dogs and the still-drunk-from-the-night-before.
As usual, plenty of spectators were there to cheer on the plungers as they ran through the starting line tape into the waves. Afterward, the post-plunge party poured into Middle Street where the bars were bursting and the merriment was just getting started. Chances are more than a few people woke up on Monday with a New Year's resolution to cool it on the boozing.