Last week, the beginning of a New Year was celebrated by many, in many ways all over the world. Here in Kingston, we celebrated in the street as a community and not just on the eve of the New Year but on the day after as well. The Uptown New Year’s Eve celebration continues to grow with the number of venues and businesses participating as well as by the number of people celebrating. Each year, there is a creative interpretation of the Times Square ball drop that is done at the end of Wall St in front of a packed crowd that stretches from John St. to North Front St. This year’s event was culminated for the first time, by a fireworks display shot off from Kingston Plaza and visible from most of Uptown.
On New Year’s Day, dozens of community members assembled at Dietz Stadium to begin the second annual ‘Day 1’ walk through parts of Uptown and Midtown Kingston which finished with coffee, hot chocolate, and snacks at the Kirkland Hotel. The concept behind the walk is very simple:
“It is not a protest, a march or a parade. Day 1 recognizes that there are 364 other days to discuss the issues, exchange ideas and work on solutions. This is just one day to simply walk together. In the face of so much that divides us, let us not forget that we are united by the bonds of our common fellowship in the human race.”
Below are images from these events and if you didn’t participate this year, perhaps we’ll see you the next year.