The 13th annual New Year’s By the Bay celebration brought hundreds of people into downtown Belfast to say farewell to the aughts and ring in the tens and teens.

The event, which spanned 11 venues and included 25 musical acts, storytellers, poets and a magician, concluded with the traditional Drum and Rabble Corps percussion parade to the harbor and the seventh annual Bonfire by the Bay.

Organizer Mary Mortier said advance ticket sales were comparable to last year’s event, but credited the New Year’s Eve snowstorm for “visually lighter” attendance than expected.

“The snow hit at the absolute worst possible time, in terms of that three o’clock to five o’clock window when people make that decision,” she said.

The storm prevented Portland-based Three Button Deluxe from playing in Belfast — the first time a performer has had to cancel, according to Mortier. The Willy Kelly Band played an extra set at the Boathouse to fill the gap in the schedule. Otherwise the roster was full. Mortier said attendance was predictably low before 7 p.m. and after 11 p.m., but she described the Drum and Rabble march to the water as the largest she could recall.

Visitors from Boston and Portland remarked to her that they enjoyed Belfast’s first night festivities more than their hometown offerings.

“Sometimes we complain that we don’t have this or we don’t have that,” she said, “but our funky spaces, our community spaces, have a certain charm.”

Two years ago, New Year’s by the Bay appeared to be in jeopardy. Mortier had no start-up fund. She scratched the popular but expensive horse-drawn wagon rides from the schedule and held an emergency fundraiser. This year, the event had a start-up fund, but Mortier said the evening’s proceeds weren’t enough to fund the upfront costs — maps, buttons, banners, insurance — of the 2010-2011 event.

“My concern is always [having] enough to pay the bills, and I do have that,” she said.