Revelers at Thursday night’s 13th annual New Year’s By the Bay in Belfast celebrated in style, with a wide variety of music, entertainment and food venues to fill the hours before the clock struck midnight.

And as the end of 2009 crept closer, drums and percussionists gathered in the center of downtown and led celebrants in a procession to the waterfront, where a huge bonfire awaited them.

Following are some photos from the night’s celebration submitted by community contributor Betsy Headley. Happy New Year!