Essence Festival

LaToya Cantrell
Chris Miller
April 14, 2020 - 4:42 pm
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell today said she does not expect any large events to take place in the city for the remainder of 2020
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Associated Press
November 06, 2019 - 7:28 am
(AP) — The Essence Festival will be returning to New Orleans for at least the next five years. News outlets report New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday announced the contract extension to 2024. This year's festival, the 25th overall, was the last under the previous...
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Don Ames
July 06, 2019 - 2:45 pm
The Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office says a Westbank woman will serve time for an Essence Fest travel scheme. Nakesia Washington, of Harvey, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for selling bogus vacation packages to this weekend's Essence Festival in New Orleans. Six years of her...
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Jim Hanzo
July 03, 2019 - 9:55 pm
Preparations have begun for the 4th of July holiday celebrations in the city as well as ESSENCE Festival which is being held this Independence Day weekend. In a meeting with city officials, Mayor Cantrell and leaders discussed, traffic restrictions, parking restrictions, as well as French Quarter...
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Jim Hanzo
May 16, 2019 - 9:37 am
Essence Festival is pulling out all the stops for its 25th anniversary show this year. Former First Lady Michelle Obama will be among the headliners in 2019. It will be the first appearance for the First Lady when she appears July 6 and includes a sit-down interview in the Mercedes Benz Superdome...
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November 22, 2018 - 4:17 pm
GRETNA, La. (AP) _ A woman accused of selling bogus vacation packages to the Essence Festival in New Orleans faces 64 new charges. A spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office tells local news outlets Nakesia Washington of Harvey was booked on charges of theft and computer fraud last week...
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August 30, 2018 - 2:05 pm
The Bayou State is home to the production of many famous movies and television programs, and the state wants to make it easier for tourists to scope out where those films were shot with a movie trail. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says it’s a big visitor draw for the state. "People come to New Orleans...
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July 09, 2018 - 1:04 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The Essence Festival says all three nights of Superdome concerts sold out for the first time in its 24-year history. A news release says total attendance topped 510,000 during the festival, which ran July 5-8. Essence Fest features free daytime entertainment, cultural and...
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David Blake
July 06, 2018 - 12:30 pm
State officials are giving kudos to Hollywood South because it's helping to draw millions of additional tourists to New Orleans and Louisiana. What are the best things to do and places to visit in Louisiana? When New Orleans and Louisiana show up on TV or in the movies it attracts visitors,...
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July 06, 2018 - 11:41 am
It was the Thursday night of Essence Festival weekend in New Orleans, and the crowd on Bourbon Street rivaled a Thursday night before Mardi Gras weekend crowd! People covered the street and the sidewalks and the massive flow of people blanketed Bourbon Street as far as one could see. In navigating...
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