Swimming and singing: New Year in pictures

People around the world have ushered in 2014 with parades, shows and sometimes a very cold swim.

People take part in the traditional sea bath during New Year's celebrations on January 1, 2014 at Malo-Les-Bains beach in Dunkirk. In Dunkirk, in northern France, revellers braved the cold to welcome in 2014
Lifeguards control the crowd as people visit the beach on New Year's Day in Durban, Jan 1st 2014. Durban beach in South Africa, may not have been as cold but it was even more crowded
People toast with champagne while swimming in the cold water, during the annual swim in Lake Geneva In Lake Geneva, the swimmers brought celebratory champagne with them too
Competitors run towards the sea for the annual New Year's Day Dip in the South Bay at Scarborough There were some unusual outfits on display in Scarborough, in northern England
Indian people watch as a girl performs a rope balancing act at a park in Calcutta, India, 1 January 2014. Gymnastic talent was part of the festivities in Calcutta, India
Bolivian dancers perform on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Jan 1st 2014 The parade in the Champs Elysees in Paris included Bolivian dancers
Participants run into English Bay during the 94th annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim in Vancouver, Canada Jan 1, 2014 Appropriately dressed Vancouver residents took to the chilly waters of English Bay for the 94th annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim
Participants at the annual Pier Plaza Plunge spend their few minutes in the chilly waters of the Pacific Ocean off Huntington Beach, California, for the New Year's Day tradition on January And further south in California, the traditional New Year's Day Pier Plaza plunge off Huntington Beach attracted some interesting headgear.

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