By Kevin Werner • METROLAND WEST MEDIA GROUP
Hamilton mayor Bob Bratina will be greeting residents during his New Year’s Levee on Jan. 1, 2013.
Last year Bratina held his levee on Jan. 14, the Orthodox New Year to celebrate the city’s diversity.
Hamilton’s post-amalgamation mayors have continued a Canadian tradition of hosting a New Year’s Levee at city hall. Levees have also been held by Liberal cabinet minister Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale (ADFW), Conservative MP David Sweet (ADFW), and Progressive Conservative Party leader Tim Hudak.
About 50 people turned out for Bratina's 2012 levee, where Ukrainian Chaika dancers performed, bandura music was played, and the mayor sang a few traditional songs.
This year, the levee will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of city hall. A band from the HMCS Star will entertain guests. Refreshments also will be served.