The city describes the festivities as “family-friendly” and “wholesome.” Other cities, however, manage to hold family-friendly events and ring in the new year when the new year actually arrives.
Here’s what is happening at the Riverside Convention Center, according to the city’s press release:
The festivities will kick off with a DJ Dance Party for the whole family featuring Jimmy C’s Music Machine. Kid-friendly inflatable attractions will include a giant bounce house, climbing wall, obstacle course, bungee run and giant slide. The City’s “Recreation on the Move” program will be providing crafts and games. Visitors will be able to dress up and get their picture taken in an Old Time Photo Booth. Also featured will be two caricature artists, henna and airbrush tattoo artists, a stilt walker, clowns and a magician.
At 9:50 p.m., the crowd will move outside the front doors of the Convention Center where they will be welcomed by Mayor Richards. Gary Mervis, founder and chairman of Camp Good Days and Special Times, will lead the crowd in a “KazooFest” just prior to the City’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks finale which will close out the evening with an amazing aerial display at 10 p.m.
Sounds like a blast…if you still play with GI Joes and Barbie dolls.
The cities of Saratoga and Syracuse hold self-described family-friendly “First Night” celebrations that include music, activities and midnight fireworks. Buffalo has a midnight ball drop preceded by a concert.
I rang in the new millennium on the Main Street Bridge watching the city’s fireworks display. The streets were filled with people having a great time. People weren’t indoors watching their kids play house inside of a balloon. They didn’t go home at 10 p.m. to watch a ball drop on television.
Come on, Rochester, let’s have a real New Year’s Eve party. I promise we’ll behave ourselves.