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City of Rochester hosts family-friendly events to ring in 2014

Updated: 12/31/2013 8:56 AM
Created: 12/31/2013 6:58 AM WHEC.com

The City of Rochester will usher in 2014 by hosting a free, family-friendly New Year's Eve Celebration from 7 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, December 31 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on East Main Street.

Rochester Mayor Tom Richards says,"Rochester's New Year's Eve Celebration has developed into a wonderful tradition and is becoming the source of many wonderful memories for the children of this community...I encourage all area residents to come Downtown this New Year's Eve and enjoy an evening of safe, wholesome entertainment for all ages. Let's ring in the New Year together and remind ourselves why Rochester is such an incredible place to raise a family."
   
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 and giant slide.

The City's "Rec on the Move" program will provide crafts, caricature artists, airbrush tattoo artists, a stilt walker and a magician. Food will be available for purchase.
   
At 9:50 p.m., the crowd will move outside 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 at 10 p.m.
   
There will be free open skating at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park Ice Rink with music provided by Beal's Rock & Roll Review. A family skate will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by an adult skate from 9 to 11 p.m.  Limited skate rental will be available for $3 per person with a valid New York State license.
   
Free parking will be available after 6 p.m. at the City garages on South Avenue, Court Street, Sister Cities and Washington Square.

Traffic note:
During the celebration, the Main Street Bridge will temporarily close. Main Street, from South Avenue to Exchange Boulevard, will be closed to vehicles and buses from 6:30 to 11 p.m. to facilitate pedestrian viewing of the fireworks display over the Genesee River. Local deliveries will be permitted.  Rochester Transit Service buses that utilize this block will be re-directed to Broad Street and Andrews Street during this time. For more information and the detour routes and downtown boarding locations, please call customer service at 288-1700 or visit here.



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