Record attendance at 20th Essence Festival
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival — four days of celebrating R&B music, community and black culture — has set a record for annual attendance, with more than 550,000 participants in events at New Orleans' convention center and inside the Superdome.
That's about 10,000 more people than attended the 2013 festival, which included a sold-out performance by Beyonce. Organizers say the 2014 festival has earned the distinction of being the largest gathering in its 20 year history.
This year's festival marked the 20th anniversary with more than 80 musical performances, highlighted by Prince, Lionel Richie, Charlie Wilson, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Trey Songz and The Roots. There were also more than 150 speakers addressing everything from solutions to crime and violence to growing entrepreneurs and maintaining healthy relationships.
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Posted on Tue, July 8, 2014
by Associated Press