Essence Fest 2021 will be virtual, announcement says

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — One of New Orleans’ most popular festivals announced dates for a virtual experience in 2021.

The announcement came as Louisiana continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and expand its vaccinations to more people.

Essence Festival organizers posted on Instagram dates for the 2021 experience, saying it will be virtual.

The announcement read:

“LIVE LOUD: The 2021 ESSENCE Festival of Culture is loading, June 25-27 and July 2-4! Exclusive content from NOLA brought to you with a can’t-miss virtual experience sure to keep you up all day/night. Streaming on ESSENCE STUDIOS.”

This is the second time the festival has gone virtual due to COVID-19.

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