Love Letter to the People of New Orleans: Street Shots From ESSENCE Fest 2017

Already a vibrant city, New Orleans lights up when ESSENCE Fest comes to town, welcoming thousands of visitors. Food, music, and just strolling down Bourbon Street become an art form in the town founded nearly 300 years ago. The local people play a big role in what makes this city so unique and a must on everyone's list. Read about some of their stories below, captured by our man on the street, hometown Photographer Patrick Melon.

We captured beautiful people in real moments in the Big Easy, home of ESSENCE Fest 2017.