The preparations are under way. The ice sculptures are being carved. And across the city, locals young and old expressed satisfaction that come Tuesday, they could pin another button to their winter coat and attend a New Year’s Eve tradition, First Night Boston.
That future of that tradition was in doubt after the non-profit that for decades hosted the end-of-the-year afternoon and evening of arts, cultural events and fireworks ceased operations in June.
But with a boost from Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the backing of some big-name local sponsors, First Night, with many free events and a few that require a $10 button, will be here to ring in 2014.
And that’s music to the ears of people who have come to enjoy the festivities — especially kids. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.