Essence Festival in New Orleans reaches record attendance with more than 550,000 participants

  • by: CHEVEL JOHNSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 7, 2014 - 6:20 PM

NEW ORLEANS — The Essence Festival's 20th anniversary set a record for annual attendance, with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four days of R&B music, community and black culture at the New Orleans' convention center and Superdome, organizers and city officials said Monday.

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