The bells were rung, the confetti flew, and Mayor Riley’s Italian is improving. For the special performance this year, Kanji Segawa of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater danced “Takademe”. Check out the performance in the video below. The translation of Riley’s message to his Italian counterparts was essentially, “Greetings to our Italian friends. We note that both your city and our festival are truly significant and exciting. And so we offer our welcome to Charleston and welcome to Spoleto USA.”

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