The Essence Festival is a music festival that was started in 1995 and is currently the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States (reference). The festival is held in New Orleans, Louisiana each year over the American Independence Day weekend and offers concerts, celebrity guest speaker segments, unique merchandise and much more. Events are spread across the entire city from the infamous football stadium better known as the SuperDome to the Convention Center with various smaller events in local retail establishments. With all of the options offered each attendee has the opportunity to make their experience unique!
I concluded the weekend with so much appreciation for the artistic expression showcased, uplifting speaker segments and the spirit (& cuisine) of #NewOrleans and would recommend adding this experience to your bucket list!
During your festival experience it will be almost impossible not to witness celebrity sightings. Upon arrival we passed comedian/actor Anthony Anderson effortlessly making the crowds laugh and endlessly taking photos with fans as he tried to make it into his hotel. We sat next to gospel singers/actors Tamela and David Mann at dinner and then, at breakfast the next day, comedian/The Real host Loni Love .
Endeared musical talent Biz Marquis rocked the DJ booth during nightlife activities alongside up and coming disc jockeys such as @mrjaywoods1. After that nightlife session be sure to stop by Kenny's Cajun & Creole Food Truck for their Chicken Philly Steak sandwich with shrimp atop...yes it's as tasty as it sounds! We had an awesome experience with them.
In addition to the SuperDome concert lineup each year, large brands such as Coca-cola and Walmart sponsor celebrity speaker segments and even musical shows such as Tevin Campbell, Ava DuVernay, Tamela and David Mann, Michelle Williams and Marsai Martin.
Until next time friends -Happy Traveling!