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I've never been but this will e my first time as well. I know I will be at the casino though.
I'm trying to get semi-excited about going lol. I have no official plans yet except for the festival on Friday.
I've gone twice and I LOVED IT!! It's so easy to find something to get into. The Convention Center always has something going on (free concerts, celeb meet&greets, & give away), then the Riverwalk mall is right next to it, there a couple sites that have a list of free daytime parties going on, Bourbon Street was always crowded and had something happening, there are a LOT of parties at night hosted by celebrities. I don't know if I'm going this year, if I do it'll be a last minute decision.
Last year there was a riverboat comedy cruise, I wanted to do it, but it sold out quick.
Essence is great. And as mentioned, it really is easy to find things to get into. It all depends on what you like. People will be advertising and promoting all types of events so it's just a matter of choosing. My one suggestion is to either find lodging nearby or to cab it wherever you go. Driving in the city during Essence is a migraine. I usually stay with a friend and we cab it everywhere we go. The best thing is to "make friends" with a certain cabbie and have them at your disposal pretty much all weekend.
Last year I attended the midday boat cruise party on the Creole Queen. Look into that. Those are pretty fun. I also the comedy brunch party. Lots of fun, lots of networking (both business and personal).
Thanks everyone! I'm keeping all of this in mind and passing it on to my friend also.
Merci beaucoup, Lemieux!