ESSENCE Music Festival left no street untouched this year. The Champion Square block party, alongside the Superdome, was the hot spot to hit right before the concert — an old school meets new school shindig with Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte and a host of other celebs to get the pre-party started.

Casual cuties convened in their relaxed summer dresses and jumpsuits with fedoras to block the sun in style. Check out all the good times now!