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2018 ESSENCE Festival was truly one for the books! From a record turnout, to a massive economic impact on the state of Louisiana, to showstopping performances from over 100 of the biggest names in music, this year’s Festival proved the ultimate celebration of Black culture like any other. “On behalf of the City of New Orleans, I am grateful for our continued partnership with the ESSENCE Festival and proud of the impact that’s been made,” said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “This year’s Fest generated tremendous economic activity for the City — money that went to our large and small businesses and to the working men and women who make them run. We look forward to another historic year in 2019.” ESSENCE Festival now leads the nation’s top entertainment and cultural events in average daily attendance as we approach a major milestone in 2019. Check out the video above for a break down of this year’s historic impact by the numbers and stay tuned to ESSENCE.com for information about how you can join us next year as we celebrate 25 years of ESSENCE Festival with our most spectacular experience yet!