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The Essence Competition has developed into an all-purpose occasion.

At night time, Essence Competition attendees jam to the music on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

However in the course of the daytime, all of the motion is at Ernest N. Morial Conference Middle, which is situated at 900 Conference Middle Boulevard in downtown New Orleans. 

This 12 months, the Essence Competition is requiring “all company 18 & over to register for entry into Essence Competition’s Conferences & Expos.” As soon as you have finished that, prepare for a world-class expertise within the huge facility. 

The 2019 Essence Competition can be July Four-7 in New Orleans and you will find a number of the world’s largest corporations, corresponding to Coca-Cola, AT&T, Ford, McDonald’s, State Farm and Walmart selling their merchandise. 

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Inside the Ernest N. Morial Conference Middle in New Orleans in the course of the 2015 Essence Competition (Photograph: Sherlon Christie/Workers Photographer)

A few of these corporations raffle off tickets to the world well-known Essence Competition concert events, some corporations give away a automobile, whereas different corporations will promote merchandise corresponding to meals, drinks, books, clothes, sneakers, work, souvenirs and loads extra gadgets you wish to have round your private home.

Simply be sure you go away some room in your suitcase to take some issues house.   

The Ernest N. Morial Conference Middle is a gigantic facility that’s bustling with power throughout Essence Competition weekend. In case you’ve by no means been to the Essence Competition, you will want a information on tips on how to get probably the most out of your conference middle expertise.  

So, right here is your cheat sheet on tips on how to greatest navigate the Ernest N. Morial Conference Middle throughout Essence Competition Weekend this 12 months.  

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Contained in the Ernest N. Morial Conference Middle throughout Essence Competition (Photograph: Sherlon Christie/Workers Photographer)


Not like the Mercedes-Benz Superdome throughout Essence Competition weekend, the Ernest N. Morial Conference Middle is free and you may stroll in and out of the power as many occasions as you please every day. Your bag/backpack/purse can be searched and you will be politely requested to thrown out any meals or drinks you acquire elsewhere earlier than strolling inside. Steel detector wands and metallic detectors can be used to scan you as you stroll inside. 


Comfy sneakers are a should for this facility as a result of the conference middle is gigantic and the crowds and traces can be very lengthy (particularly within the early afternoon on Saturday and Sunday), that are the height hours of operation. Be sure to have your moveable cell machine charger so your telephone would not die on you whereas losing time on the lookout for the subsequent accessible energy outlet. Not like the Superdome, which retains the A/C on sub-zero, the conference middle tends to be a lot hotter.


The conference middle opens round eight am and closes round 6 pm on the Friday, Saturday & Sunday of Essence Competition weekend. All of the sponsors have a sales space contained in the conference middle and the main sponsors like Coca-Cola, AT&T, Ford, McDonalds, State Farm and Walmart could have free samples, giveaways, contests, mini concert events and movie star meet and greets. Usually a star will solely seem for 1-2 hours at one of many sponsor cubicles. If that movie star is not performing on the Superdome on Friday, Saturday or Sunday night time, or talking in the course of the seminars on the conference middle, you may not see that movie star once more for the weekend. So, if there may be somebody you actually wish to see, make each effort to catch them on the conference middle. 

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., speaks on the 2018 Essence Competition on the Ernest N. Morial Conference Middle on Saturday in New Orleans. Amy Harris, Invision/AP Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., speaks on the 2018 Essence Competition on the Ernest N. Morial Conference Middle on Saturday, July 7, 2018, in New Orleans. (Photograph by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) (Photograph: Amy Harris/Invision/AP)


The extremely publicized seminars are additionally held contained in the conference middle. Essence will launch a timed schedule of who’s talking at what time on what day in June (generally in late Could). If a preferred movie star is talking or showing, you wish to get there a minimum of 1 hour previous to that movie star’s scheduled look time. There’s a gigantic meals courtroom referred to as “Essence Eats” behind the conference middle the place distributors from across the nation (largely from the south) come to promote their tasty meals. There are many tables to take a seat down and take pleasure in a meal. The costs differ for a meal and for a drink. A restricted quantity of alcohol is offered contained in the conference middle and also you should be of the authorized consuming age to buy or pattern alcohol. The conference middle is an all-ages facility throughout Essence Competition weekend and you can be carded.


Close to the “Essence Eats” meals courtroom space, you will discover the small business-like distributors that promote every part corresponding to paintings, music, clothes, footwear, jewellery and each memento possible. Costs differ on the merchandise offered contained in the conference middle. Essence Communications could have a bookstore promoting a wide range of books, magazines, and so on and Essence Communications will even have its personal retailer promoting its merchandise. In case you plan to purchase T-shirts from any vendor, the biggest measurement at all times sells out first, so for those who see one thing you want and you want a big measurement it in, purchase it at first sight as a result of it most likely won’t be there the subsequent day.


In case you did not purchase live performance tickets for the Superdome earlier than coming to New Orleans from Ticketmaster don’t be concerned, you should purchase concert events tickets straight from Essence Communications in the principle hallway of the conference middle and you too can go to the Superdome in the course of the day time and buy from the Superdome field workplace as properly. The greatest seats for the concert events is likely to be gone in case you are ready until July 4th weekend to buy, however generally you’ll be able to nonetheless get a deal ready that lengthy.

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Contained in the Ernest N. Morial Conference Middle in the course of the 2015 Essence Competition in New Orleans (Photograph: Sherlon Christie/Workers Photographer)


Adjoining to the conference middle by way of the skywalk is The Outlet Assortment at Riverwalk, a mall that was just lately renovated that additionally has a meals courtroom in case you are on the lookout for extra meals choices. You’ll be able to sit exterior on the deck and take pleasure in your meal and watch the boats sail by in the Mississippi River. In case you occur to be staying on the Hilton Riverside, you’ll be able to keep away from a number of the NOLA warmth by strolling by means of the Riverwalk Mall to get to the conference middle.


The bodily setup of the conference middle stays the identical every day throughout Essence Competition weekend. Nevertheless, no matter audio system, free mini concert events or displays, free samples, free meals and drinks or items that the sponsors give out, normally modifications every day. Nearly each main sponsor provides away a memento bag. The sponsors will solely allow you to take one bag at a time and by Sunday morning some sponsors normally run out of the memento luggage. A couple of choose sponsors (by no means will be positive which of them annually) raffle off live performance tickets totally free. Some sponsors give away Three-night live performance passes (Friday-Sunday). The HIV/AIDS testing location at all times raffles off live performance tickets. So cease by, get examined, know your standing & enter to win live performance tickets. Essence lets TV exhibits and film corporations present pilots of upcoming tasks that targets a black viewers. There normally is a schedule posted exterior the screening room and generally a ticket is likely to be required to attend one of many screenings. Simply ask on the Essence Competition info desk close to the entrance entrance of the conference middle for extra particulars. 


The closest accommodations to the conference middle are the Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans-Conference Middle, Hyatt Place New Orleans/Conference Middle, New Orleans Downtown Marriott on the Conference Middle, Courtyard New Orleans Downtown Conference Middle, Hilton Riverside, Hilton Backyard Inn New Orleans Conference Middle, Residence Inn New Orleans Downtown, SpringHill Suites New Orleans Downtown, the Embassy Suites New Orleans Conference Middle, Renaissance New Orleans Arts Warehouse District Lodge, Omni Riverfront, Loews New Orleans Lodge, Staybridge Suites New Orleans French Quarter/Downtown, Harrah’s New Orleans On line casino, and Outdated No. 77 Lodge & Chandlery

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An Essence Competition banner hangs from the ceiling throughout a current occasion in New Orleans (Photograph: Sherlon Christie/Workers Photographer)

Sherlon Christie has usually attended the Essence Competition in New Orleans since 2010. He is walked by means of virtually each nook of the conference middle and the superdome. He is eaten at a number of good seafood at New Orleans eating places. He is attended a number of the greatest Essence Competition concert events. He is partied like a rock star on the hottest day events and the most effective live performance after events that New Orleans has to supply throughout Essence Competition weekend. So, do not be shy and attain out to him by way of the strategies under.  



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