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  Welcome to New Orleans!
 On behalf of Mayor LaToya Cantrell, we are
 honored to welcome you to our city and thrilled to
 host the ESSENCE Festival of Culture! New Orleans
 is a destination that welcomes Black tourists and
 business visitors, as well as, recognized as one of
 the premier cities worldwide that is built upon
 Black culture from our cuisine to our music. Here
 you can experience soul food and creole cooking
 and mellow out to Jazz or dance to Bounce. Thank
 you for your support of our local businesses and
 culture bearers during your visit.
New Orleans is also a hub of major industries,
including film. The film industry continues to thrive
in New Orleans as we maintain our position as the
4th major production hub in the US. Major film
studios film their projects here because of our
growing studio infrastructure, experienced film workforce, and the city’s diverse architecture and historic neighborhoods. Upcoming projects filmed here include Where the Crawdads Sing, AMC’s Interview With the Vampire and Disney’s Haunted Mansion.
ESSENCE is a celebration of Black culture, and it is an event that showcases New Orleans and gives us the opportunity to show to visitors from around the world how our culture is a beacon of Black cultural achievement, women’s empowerment, holistic physical and spiritual wellness, and a melting pot of diversity. Join the City of New Orleans in celebratingthereturnofthislandmarkevent. BeapartofbringingNewOrleansback; the best is yet to come!
Happy to have you with us,
Lisa D. Alexis
Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy

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