Moms enjoy a day out

DAVE MUNDAY/STAFF Kate Hoyt of Mount Pleasant carries 3-month-old Greta, followed by Aimsley, 6, and her sons, Clayton, 8, and Oliver, 4, and husband, John Hoyt, on King Street on Sunday. The street was closed to cars for the monthly 2nd Sunday on King Street. “We love downtown, the shops, the energy, the people-watching,” John Hoyt said.

Baby carriages replaced cars in downtown Charleston on Sunday, as hundreds of families celebrated Mother’s Day on King Street.

The street was closed to cars for the monthly 2nd Sunday on King Street, which features pedestrians in the street and diners and musicians on the sidewalk.

Kate Hoyt of Mount Pleasant was carrying 3-month-old Greta. Her husband, John Hoyt pushed a two-seater carriage in the middle of the street, just in case Greta or 4-year-old Oliver needed a ride. Oliver chose to walk instead with sister Aimsley, 6, and brother Clayton, 8.

“We love downtown, the shops, the energy, the people-watching,” John Hoyt said.

They stopped by the Spoleto Festival display outside the Sottile Theatre to check out the programs and grab a couple of free lollipops. The display was promoting “Traces,” a program geared toward families and children.

Helene Delgado of Broomfield, Colo., was pushing her granddaughter in a carriage. She was accompanied by her daughter, Dyanna Hough of Raleigh, N.C. They were visiting Pam Verner of Mount Pleasant.

“We’re having a wonderful impromptu Mother’s Day,” Delgado said.

The sky was overcast and the temperature in the low 70s around 3 p.m. — ideal for a walk downtown. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxed without the usual noise of trucks and buses.

Megan Ball of Louisville, Ky., was celebrating her first Mother’s Day. Her husband, Josh Ball, was pushing 5-month-old Emerson in a carriage on King Street.

It was their first time in Charleston. They visited Patriots Point earlier in the day and planned to eat at Hank’s Seafood Restaurant on Sunday evening.

Marisol Castro-Calzada of North Charleston was eating outside La Hacienda with her husband, Joel Calzada, and two sons, 3-year-old Santiago and 2-year-old Christopher. She teaches Hispanic studies at the College of Charleston, and he works at Boeing.

“We just like to come downtown whenever we can,” he said.