New Year's By the Bay brings music, fire, fun to Belfast

By Bane Okholm | Jan 02, 2013
Photo by: Bane Okholm Two young merrymakers ring in 2013 at the sixteenth annual New Year's By the Bay in Belfast on Dec. 31.

Belfast — The sixteenth annual New Year's By the Bay celebration ushered in 2013 amid a cacophony of drumming, fire and snowballs Dec. 31.

Venues including churches, theaters, the Belfast Co-op and the Belfast Free Library played host to mimes, poets, musicians, dancers, caricaturists and balloon artists throughout the afternoon and late into the night.

Planned horse-drawn carriage rides were canceled due to the cold weather.

At 11:50 p.m., the Drum & Rabble Corps led assembled merrymakers from the Main Street traffic light to the tenth annual Bonfire by the Bay, which quickly devolved into a spirited snowball fight to welcome the new year.

Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at bokholm@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Belfast's Parent Gallery hosts the 16th annual New Year's By the Bay Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Members of the Leaky Boot Jug Band confer before their performance at Belfast's First Baptist Church Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A young audience member takes in the crowd at the First Baptist Church in Belfast Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Holiday lights form a blazing canopy over downtown Belfast Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Dancers kick up their feet at the Belfast Boathouse Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Dance band The Hips rock the Boathouse in Belfast Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A lack of shoes proves no obstacle to dancers at Belfast's Boathouse Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
An energetic youth makes his move on the dance floor at the Boathouse in Belfast Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Blues dance band The Bad Daddys perform at the Belfast Boathouse Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A couple spins in time to blues dance band The Bad Daddys in the Belfast Boathouse Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Traditional bluegrass band the Katahdin Valley Boys perform in Belfast's First Church Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A crowd gathers on Belfast's Main Street for the Drum & Rabble Corps' annual procession Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
(Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A latecomer to the New Year's procession shakes a noisemaker during the Drum & Rabble Corps' procession in Belfast Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Members of the Drum & Rabble Corps wheel an oversized drum down Belfast's Main Street Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
The Drum & Rabble Corps leads a procession down Belfast's Main Street during the sixteenth annual New Year's By the Bay celebration Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
High-spirited dancers welcome the Drum & Rabble Corps procession beside the Belfast harbor Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A crowd of hundreds snakes along Main Street in Belfast Dec. 31 for the tenth annual Bonfire by the Bay. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A magnesium torch casts a warm glow over the Belfast Harbor Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Torchbearers await their big moment at the tenth annual Bonfire by the Bay in Belfast Dec. 31. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
The lighting of Belfast's annual bonfire signals the arrival of 2013. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Onlookers cluster atop snowbanks at Belfast's annual Bonfire by the Bay Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
The Belfast Bonfire by the Bay roars to life Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
The crowd clusters close to the tenth annual Bonfire by the Bay in Belfast Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
The Belfast Bonfire by the Bay throws off sparks Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A young Belfast bonfire attendee looks on from a close vantage Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A drummer keeps the beat even after the midnight at Belfast's Bonfire by the Bay Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
An impromptu snowball fight breaks out at Belfast's Bonfire by the Bay Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Retaliation is a dish best served cold and snowy at Belfast's Bonfire by the Bay Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
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