Community celebrates the New Year together (with photos)

By Jillian Marshall

December 31, 2013 Updated Jan 1, 2014 at 12:35 AM EDT

Windsor, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local community welcomed 2014 together with a safe and free celebration.

The second annual First Night in Windsor drew hundreds of community members from across the Southern Tier.

It was an alcohol-free event that welcomed people of all ages to come together to bring in the new year.

In total, 14 different churches and businesses participated in the event. Each had their own activity, like decorating 2014 glasses, music and zumba. There was even a free chicken dinner.

Residents traveled from each venue by bus.

President of First Night, Debbie Menta, started the celebration after she realized there were no family-friendly events on New Year's Eve.

"A couple of years ago I wanted to take my grandson, who was 15 and his friends somewhere and I couldn't find anywhere to take them," Menta said.

Dozens of volunteers and six corporate sponsors helped make sure the event was fully funded and organized.

Despite the cold temperatures, families bundled up to experience First Night as a Windsor community.

The highlight of First Night was the Puppet Parade. Children of all ages lined up and walked through Windsor with the Grinch.

Menta said she hopes this event will continue for every New Year's Eve.

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