The 25th Essence Festival is underway, and it’s already brought thousands of Black beauties to the big easy to partake in the music-filled weekend.

From the French Quarter to Bourbon Street, there are sprinkles of Black girl magic everywhere you turn and there’s no shortage of lewks.

On day one of Essence Festival, we spotted beautiful braids and twists, in lengths and colors unimaginable, mesmerizing manicures, and sun-kissed melanin. Festivalgoers from the East Coast to the West Coast and everywhere in between, showed up and showed out.

In case you missed Friday’s must-see beauty moments, check them out in the gallery below.

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