This family contains a veteran festival goer and a first-timer. Despite their differences in experiences, all ladies agree on what makes the ESSENCE Festival so important to the community. 

Dawnshey: I just enjoy all the scenery, the food and the family time. ESSENCE is all about family, culture and just enjoying the experience of music. That's why I keep coming back and why everyone should come back. 

Michael Rowe

Check out ESSENCE readers singing their favorite songs and showing off their dance moves.

Essence.com
Jul, 05, 2013

ESSENCE Festival's first Family Reunion Day was filled with lots of laughter and more. But when we asked fans to sing their favorite Festival songs and to show off their dance moves, things got extra interesting!

Check out this recap video from all the fun at Woldenberg Park in New Orleans.

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