The party before, after and during the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside is always a big one, but the folks hanging around the boardwalk after Saturday's big event had plenty to celebrate — the Plunge raised more than $1.7 Million for Special Olympics New Jersey.

P— more than 6,000 people headed into the not-quite-frigid-but-still-plenty-cold waters off the Seaside Heights Boardwalk Saturday.

We saw plenty of smiles from people there to support the good cause — and from the Special Olympics athletes who benefit from the effort.


BELOW: See Big Joe give his big countdown, and more than 120 photos from the 2016 Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside Heights!

The 2016 Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights Saturday raised $1.7 million for Special Olympics of Ner Jersey. (Louis C. Hochman / Townsquare Media)