“I heard universally positive comments,’’ Hayes said.
Oneonta police Sgt. Ralph Pajerski said the parade and other activities were well-attended, and no problems were reported. People seemed to be “having a great time,’’ he said, and “the fireworks were spectacular.’’
“It’s a beautiful night in downtown Oneonta,’’ master of ceremonies Chuck D’Imperio called out as the parade units passed the reviewing stand.
Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, past Oneonta mayors David Brenner, Kim Muller and John Nader headed up the procession along with current Mayor Dick Miller.
“Happy New Year!’’ Miller said to the elbow-to-elbow crowd along Main Street. “Happy New Year!”
D’Imperio, radio host and Daily Star columnist, introduced parade participants, including a Five Star Subaru unit with banners to recognize Newtown, Conn., and the victims of a shooting there last month. The parade paused for a moment of silence in respect for the Newtown community.
Mini-performances included an act by Zeb the Clown, who making a successful, real-life wedding proposal, Hayes said. Performers from the Elite Dance Academy and Tinny Wilkens Indonesian troupes showed differences in culture with dance steps. Marchers accompanying a truck from the Delaware County Fair tossed Frisbees into the crowd.
Later, about 45 listeners, plus others wandering in and out of Community Bank, listened to riffs on trumpet, bass, electronic keyboard presented by players in the Chris Wolf-Gould Jazz ensemble. An assembly room at the First Presbyterian Church was packed with music enthusiasts for sets by Walt Michael & Co. and the Dady Brothers.
The brotherly ensemble, which has appeared previously in Oneonta, applied its talents using a guitar, banjo, violin and harmonica, and the group invited the audience to sing along and welcomed clapping. The ensemble received applause in addition to toe-tapping during energetic tunes.