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Even the sky dressed up for this carnival-style street party with sherbet-hued ribbons that cast a golden, luminous glow across the outdoor affair. As the sun set on Saturday evening's Party for the Parks, a fundraiser for the Charleston Parks Conservancy, guests were reminded why life in the Lowcounty is such a delicious existence. A breeze gently shooed away the gnats; the sound of rustling palmetto fronds intertwined with laughter and live music; and the smell of browned butter bubbling in a saute pan wafted across the avenue. It was a microcosm of magic.

The cleverly staged party, which unfolded on a portion of Ashley Avenue closed specifically for the event (between Broad and Beaufain Streets), interspersed tented food vendors with cozy seating areas, all of which was rimmed with potted trees. A black and white checkerboard dance floor showcased a slew of entertainers: Capoeira dancers, jugglers, a girl with a hula hoop, and stilt walkers—high energy performers that inspired guests to participate in a frenzied dance-off toward the end of the party.

Isn't this wonderful? and We need to do this once a month. were the sentiments on most people's tongues, several of whom conspired to petition Mayor Riley for his blessing to hold more frequent block parties.