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Essence Festival

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1500 Poydras St Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA 70112-1216
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Jaleesa W wrote a review Sep 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Beautiful authentic buildings great food. Casino was awesome and the nightclub inside was fun. Will definitely recommend to visit if you like to sightsee.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Kevin S wrote a review Aug 2019
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Another spectacular year in N.O. Le Meridien staff went above and beyond to make sure I was satisfied with my visit. I would like to thank the whole front office staff Stephen,Cimmie,Brian,Lawrence,Lon'rae,Irenisha,Gabby,Danny,Darlene,Hayward,Valerie, and Justin. I can't forget Kevin. Thanks again for everything you guys are the best! See yall next year.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Berenice P wrote a review Jul 2019
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Arrived into New Orleans to utter madness!! However we didn't understand that this festival was on.As a White Irish family we loved the excitement, fashion,and love shown by all the people attending the festival. Personally I would have loved to have seen Michelle Obama speak but we were to late.I am spreading the word I Dublin about how amazing this festival is and hopefully will return to New Orleans to attend it as it was powerful.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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marie f wrote a review Jul 2019
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There was a variety of vendors at the convention center. So many informative people along with guest speakers and celebrities. Free samples of many products were available to all. The Mary J. Blige concert was amazing along with the other night time activities. The city tour was also a nice experience and our tour guide Rene was informative and friendly.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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LF W wrote a review Jul 2019
Dallas, Texas44 contributions13 helpful votes
This was my 2nd time attending the Essence Festival. I had previously attended in 2009. The two experiences were like night and day. The festival this year seemed to be plagued with numerous challenges: It was very disorganized. Poor and inaccurate marketing (such as advertising "after hours"/after the main concert events)which were actually happening at the same time as the concerts on the main stage. There was an additional cost for the after-hours events so many people lost money because they were unable to attend both events. Poorly maintained APP. The APP was constantly being pushed. Once downloaded, the information presented was not accurate. Events would disappear and then suddenly reappear. It was very hard to get a clear schedule of events with the constant changes. The entertainment line-up was sub-par compared to previous years. A couple of big-name artists' were there, but not like in the past. Why not segment the entertainment? For instance Friday night, Hip Hop, Saturday night, modern-day R&B, and Sunday night, old school R&B??? Too many commercials and during the concert. I understand that sponsors have to be recognized, but there is a more tasteful way of doing so. Concert attendees should not have to sit through a barrage of repetitive commercial breaks. I love New Orleans, but I won't be attending this event again.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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