Rochester, N.Y.— New Year’s Eve isn’t just a party for adults anymore.
On New Year’s Eve thousands of children attended the city of Rochester’s family-friendly celebration. The festivities included bounce houses, face painting, clowns, crafts, dancing and balloon animals.
Afterwards, at 10 p.m., the city also held fireworks. City officials estimate about 4,000 people attend the city’s New Year’s Eve party each year.
A few miles away in Henrietta, there was another party for children. The town of Henrietta held its 17th annual family New Year’s Eve celebration. About 1,500 people partook in roller skating, games, crafts and even enjoyed an exotic animal exhibit.
While it was a night to celebrate with family, many people also took time to reflect on the past year.
For some, 2012 was a year to forget.
“There was a lot of tragedy,” says Rita Bentley. “I just hope the next year brings more prosperity to each and every one of us.”
“Me and my mom got into a car accident [this year],” says Imani Johnson. “People died in my family. It was just a rough year.”
Others celebrated accomplishments and created memorable moments in 2012.
“It was a good year,” says Nancy Wallace. “I went to India and worked in an orphanage. I entered graduate school and that was a big step in life.”
“We took our son to Disney World for the first time,” says Michael Sellix. “It was the first time meeting Mickey and we are new to [the Rochester] area. We’re settling in and we really love it. It’s great.”
People hoped for health, prosperity and peace in 2013.
“I would like to leave the bad behind,” says Bentley. “I don’t want it to follow in 2013. I’m going to open my windows and doors so the bad air can escape and the good air can come in.”
“I hope people continue practicing kindness,” says Wallace. “In the world right now we need to be kind and loving towards each other.”