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Charleston celebrating Mayor Riley's lifetime of service with Sunday event

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A celebration is taking place on Sunday to honor Charleston Mayor Joe Riley for his 40 years of service to the city.

The "Thanks Joe!" event kicks off with a free gathering at Brittlebank Park from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday with opportunities for attendees to mingle with the mayor, followed by music, fireworks and more at Joe Riley Park.

Organizers say the evening event will be $5, and tickets can be purchased through www.ThanksJoe.org, www.Riverdogs.com, or at the Joe Riley Park box office. 

You can find the full details on the event below. 

Charlestonians will have an opportunity to express their appreciation for Mayor Joe Riley’s 40 years of service at a special “Thanks, Joe!” extravaganza on Sunday, Oct. 25.  The celebration begins with a FREE, fun, family gathering at Brittlebank Park from 3 – 7 p.m. Amidst festive arts and entertainment, there will be multiple opportunities for attendees to mingle with the Mayor, take selfies with him, sign the epic “The Book of Joe” memento, shake the Mayor’s hand and say “Thanks, Joe!”

The celebration continues into an unforgettable evening at Joe Riley Park, featuring music, surprises, fireworks and more.  Admission to the evening event will be $5. Tickets for the evening event are available through www.ThanksJoe.org, www.Riverdogs.com, or at the Joe Riley Park box office.

Plans include the very best homegrown talent, as a wide variety of non-stop entertainment will be on offer at Brittlebank. Three stages will host music, comedy, theater and dance acts, while roving performers will engage attendees with close-up magic, juggling, stilt walking and balloon art. A bevy of tents will showcase local artists and traditional Lowcountry craftsmen. Organizations including the South Carolina Aquarium, American College of the Building Arts, local museums and many more will be on hand to create fun activities that reflect on all Mayor Riley has helped create in Charleston.

Guests can pack a picnic lunch or dine with one of myriad food trucks on site while local musicians and performance artists create energy and interest across every inch of the park. There will undoubtedly be plenty to see and do, including taking in views of the Ashley River from a 50-foot Ferris wheel.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring a favorite picture or story to place in “The Book of Joe” which is sure to be a treasured keepsake for the Mayor. Photos can be scanned or downloaded during the event, and there will be photo and video testimonial booths for sharing Joe stories.

Following the Brittlebank celebration, the festivities will continue at Joe Riley Park. The night’s entertainment includes marching bands, musical performances and a video tribute. A large-scale fireworks display will conclude the evening. 

Acts & Entertainment
Family Fun at Brittlebank Park

  • Main Stages           
  • Charleston Police Pipes and Drums Procession and Welcome Salute                 
  • Dance Lab              
  • The Blue Dogs & Friends
  • Mt. Zion AME Choir
  • The Music Battery
  • Comedy with The Have Nots!
  • Southbound 17
  • HoneySmoke

Kids Stage

  • WoSe of Charleston, African Drummers
  • Art Goes There, Children’s Choir
  • John Cusatis, Play-Along Band
  • Charleston Police, Pipes and Drums
  • Daft Concept, Break Dancing
  • Storytree Theater, Kids Storytelling
  • Sam the Clown, Juggling
  • Kyle K’Otic & Crew, Street Dancers       
  • Threshold Theatre, A Wrinkle In Time  
  • LowCo Suzuki Guitar, Student Guitarists

Music and More at Joe Riley Park

  • The Music Battery Drumline
  • Edwin McCain
  • Brendan James
  • Mother Emanuel AME Gospel Choir
  • Seth G
  • Fireworks
  • And Much More!
     

Food Vendors

  • Brieles
  • The Charleston Choo
  • Chucktown Mobile Seafood
  • Dashi
  • Diggity Doughnuts
  • Gidget Gourmet
  • The Immortal Lobster
  • Just Eat This
  • Kaylea’s Cupcake Trailer
  • King of Pops
  • Lowcountry Creole
  • Mac Daddy
  • Outta My Huevos
  • Smoke BBQ
  • Sweet LuLu’s
  • Ye Old Food Truck

Additional Notes:

Dozens of local professional artists and Lowcountry craftsmen will offer plein-air demonstrations featuring iconic Charleston places preserved or created under Mayor Riley's leadership.

Organizations including the South Carolina Aquarium, American College of the Building Arts, local museums and many more will be on hand to add to the fun.

There will undoubtedly be plenty to see and do, including taking in views of the Ashley River from a 50-foot Ferris wheel.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring a favorite picture or story to place in “The Book of Joe” which is sure to be a treasured keepsake for the Mayor. Photos can be scanned or downloaded during the event, and there will be photo and video testimonial booths for sharing Joe stories.

No pets, please.

No alcohol at Brittlebank Park. Alcohol will be available for purchase at Joe Riley Park during the evening portion of the event.

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