The Essence Festival is one of the biggest festivals in history that celebrates African-American culture in the United States, and it is a legendary experience each time it comes around.
This year’s festival was extra special because it was the 20th anniversary of the Essence Festival so the celebration had to be ten times more exhilarating than the usual.
Essence Magazine has been hosting this festival since 1995, and it is the most consistent festival that African-Americans can look forward to attending every year with new experiences but the same feeling of family and community.
It lasted throughout the entire Fourth of July weekend and featured a plethora of amazing artists. Thousands of people made their way to the sweet city of New Orleans to see stars such as Prince, Nas, Janelle Monae, and Jill Scott grace the main stage of the Superdome.
All of the social networks were buzzing with #essencefest tags and pictures displaying all of the greatness that gathered in NOLA at one time.
Stars were walking the streets of Bourbon taking pictures and partying amongst their fans while enjoying the pleasantries of New Orleans such as the famous “hand grenade” drink and the city’s famous beignets. It was no longer about anyone being superior to the next person. During this past weekend, everyone was family.
Other stars that were present were Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, K Michelle, Lance Gross, and Dave Chappelle, and there were artists who discreetly invade our eardrums such as Robert Glasper, Jesse Boykins, and Alice Smith.
New Orleans was packed with legend and history this weekend which a key indicator of the festival’s continued success.
Each year there is something new to look forward to and something new to learn, and that is what makes the festival so great.
Do not feel too bad if you missed out this year. Visit essence.com around the same time next year to get details on how you can be a part of the fun.