(PRNewswire) – The 20th annual ESSENCE Festival attracted a record-breaking 550,000 attendees from around the world to New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend, earning the distinction of being the largest gathering in the event’s history.
Touted as one of the country's biggest live events, the ESSENCE Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary July 3-6 with 20 stages of programming. The annual 4-day event features entertainment, empowerment, and cultural experiences during the day and the world's best performers each night.
More than 80 performing artists – including some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry such as Prince, Mary J. Blige, and Lionel Richie – performed at the event’s nighttime concerts and over 150 speakers – including Robin Roberts, Alicia Keys, Steve Harvey and the Rev. Al Sharpton – participated as part of the Festival’s daytime experience.