After months of planning and waiting, the 2014 ESSENCE Festival is finally here! What better way to start a weekend of partying than by partying? Kick off an amazing July 4th weekend and attend the Family Day party.

The festivities begins at 11 am on Thursday, July 3 at Woldenberg Riverfront Park. The event includes interactive activities, fun giveaways and a kid zone for the little ones. Not to mention, they’ll be amazing food and excellent live performances from Cupid, Erica Campbell, Full Force and Rapper’s Delight.

Did we mention this was free? Yep, all you have to do is show up. Make sure you’re in attendance Thursday morning and tell your friends to come by and participate in all the fun.  

11:00 A.M. – Gates Open

11:05 A.M.- DJ Marquis Spins

11:50 A.M. – DJ New Orleans Classics

12:05 P.M. – Mayor’s Office

12:10 P.M. – Host Carla Ferrell and Joy Profet Welcomes attendees to ESSENCE and New Orleans

12:20 P.M. – Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet

1:00 P.M. –  DJ New Orleans Classic

1:10 P.M. – Host Carla Ferrell

1:15 P.M. – Lexi

1:30 P.M. – Sponsor Moment – Disney Jr.

1:40 P.M. – Host Carla Ferrell

1:45 P.M. – Wayna

2:10 P.M. – Sponsor Moments- Walmart

2:20 P.M. – DJ

2:30 P.M. – Water Seed

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3:05 P.M. – Sponsor Moments – Harrah’s

3:20 P.M. – Host Carla Ferrell

3:25 P.M.- Full Force

3:50 P.M.- Host Carla Ferrell

3:55 P.M.- Cupid

4:05 P.M.- DJ

4:15 P.M. – Sponsor Moment – The Urban League

4:20 P.M.- Host Carla Ferrell

4:25 P.M. – Nigel Hall Band

5:05 P.M. DJ

5:15 P.M. – Host Carla Ferrell

5:20 P.M. – Erica Campbell

5:45 P.M.- Host Carla Ferrell

5:50 P.M.- Cupid

6:05 P.M.- Sponsor Moment – Harrah’s

6:15 P.M. – Host Carla Ferrell

6:20 P.M.- Rapper’s Delight

7:00 P.M. – Thank You, Good Night