Each year hundreds of thousands of people come together in New Orleans for the ESSENCE Music Festival. At least a third of them are men. If you’re single and on the hunt, odds are there’s someone special in the crowd for you. How do you find this certain someone? Brush up on your festival flirting for starters.

Wear Something Comfy

If you put on a pair of jeans you have to jump in and out of or a shirt that keeps rolling up in the back, you’re going to be miserable and tug on them all day. Look cute, but dress comfortably. If you’re not comfortable, you won’t appear confident.

Go Easy on the Makeup

It’s hot in New Orleans and cold inside the Louisiana Superdome. A face filled with liquid makeup won’t react too kindly to the drastic changes in temperature. You want to look your best when he walks over to say “hey,” not like a watercolor painting of yourself.

Sign Up for Speed Dating

If you want to meet someone in a hurry, there’s no faster way then signing up for a speed dating party. Lucky for you, there will be two different flow-date events sponsored by Modern Day Matchmaker Paul Carrick Brunson. You can join at the ESSENCE live stage inside the convention center.

Smile at the Ones You Like

There are going to be a lot of faces in the crowd, so if you want yours to stand out, be sure to slap a giant smile on it. If he smiles at you and you like what you see, smile back. If you like what you see and he hasn’t smiled at you, try flashing one his way just the same. A shy guy appreciates a woman who makes it clear she has some interest. Go ahead, flash those pearly whites.

Wander the City

Yes, we’ll have a ton of things in store for you to do over the weekend, but don’t be afraid to venture out beyond the festival grounds. New Orleans is a sexy city and the nightlife has plenty to offer tourists looking for a fun and flirty time. Visit a jazz club or a bar that has local live music. The best part about meeting someone there is that it’s already clear you have something in common — an appreciation for good food and music.

Embrace the Spirit

If it’s a God-fearing man you’re looking to meet, then we’ll see you at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience stage on Sunday, where there’s an all-star gospel-infused lineup of performances and speakers ready to inspire and express for all who’ll listen. Feel the spirit and maybe just fall in love at the same time.

Be Prepared

Between the crowds and all the live shows, surprise performances, and vendors to see and explore, you may only have a moment to speak to that gorgeous man you locked eyes with as you passed. If time isn’t on your side, but it’s definitely a love connection you’re going to need to exchange information on the fly, have your business cards ready to pass out at will so you won’t wish you’d had a second longer to seal the deal.