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Essence Festival officially underway

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NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - The 20th Annual Essence Festival in New Orleans is officially underway. The festival kicked off Thursday afternoon in Woldenberg Park. Some of today’s acts include Rapper’s Delight and Gospel Singer Erica Campbell.

The festival celebrating Black Culture and R&B music started as a one-time party back in the 1990s. But now it had grown into a huge annual event.

This year’s big headliner is Prince. After last weekend’s mass shooting on Bourbon Street, State Police are sending additional troopers to help with security in the city. The festival runs through July 6.

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