Essence Festival draws an estimated crowd of 500,000 for four-day events in New Orleans _lowres

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- Fans sing and dance as Mary J. Blige performs during the 2015 ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, July 5, 2015.


Essence magazine estimates that a half million people attended the four-day Essence Festival in New Orleans last weekend.

The festival had more than 80 performing artists like comedian Kevin Hart and singers Usher and Mary J. Blige. There were more than 120 motivational speakers, authors and celebrites at the empowerment seminars.

The festival also had 24 hour video streaming and 1.5 billion social media impressions.