The 2020 Essence Festival has been postponed due to the Coronavirus. The annual festival that celebrates black women and takes place on July 4thweekend has been pushed back closer to the fall. In a statement, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said, “With the significant spread of COVID-19, we are taking every precaution in the best interest of our residents, visitors, and all who attend and make ESSENCE the worldwide phenomenon that it is. We look forward to welcoming everyone back from near and far and express our deepest gratitude to all who are helping our city, state and nation get through this rapidly evolving crisis.”
As we previously reported Janet Jackson and Bruno Mars were announced as the headliners for this year’s festival.
In a statement, via Twitter, the event organizers said “Based on developments over the past couple of weeks, including updates from our city and health partners, we are officially announcing that we will move the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture closer to the fall. As we previously indicated, we were already moving forward with identifying and securing alternate dates and will be prepared to announce those shortly,”
For updates on Essence Fest, visit Essence Fest.com