VIP Experience for Your ESSENCE Festival Guests

Street Party with a Purpose

Interactive Immersion in New Orleans Culture and Tradition - at Your Own New Orleans Street Party

New Orleans Food

Live Brass Band Music

Cocktail Workshops

Congo Square African Mask Painting

Learn to Dance a Second Line Parade

Louis Armstrong Foundation Photo Exhibition

the St. Joe Lofts Artist Community

 A rare opportunity to immerse yourself, your group and VIPs in a New Orleans street party atmosphere, right in the heart of ESSENCE Festival.

 Learn to make classic New Orleans cocktails, and have a drink or two, while engaging in hands-on demonstrations of some of New Orleans’ most revered cultural traditions - second line parading, Congo Square African mask painting, our famous food and brass band music - from some of the most respected culture bearers in New Orleans.

Create works of art, and learn new skills to take home with you.

 The event culminates with your own New Orleans street party featuring the All for One Brass Band, members of the Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club, your guests and VIPs, and special guest artist from the St. Joe Lofts Artist Community.

 Classic New Orleans BBQ, smoked meats, red beans and rice, vegetarian and vegan options will welcome you after the Convention Center, fuel you through the party, and get everyone ready for the Superdome after.

Three Blocks from the Convention Center

 We are perfectly situated in the heart of ESSENCE Festival. Only three blocks from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and en route to the Superdome.

401 St Joseph St, New Orleans, LA 70130


Presented By:

Your Masters of New Orleans Culture and Tradition:


J. Pierre

J. Pierre has curated exquisite masterpieces for fine art exhibits both stateside and internationally in countries such as Iceland, Canada and Costa Rica.

Most recently, he is featured in the Library of Congress for the NOLA Foundation’s historic choice of Pierre to create the city’s official Tricentennial Celebration artwork.

Pierre has also been recognized by both the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Institute and the National Public Radio broadcasting group for his contributions to fine art. From his numerous previous showings including in the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, to his current Citizen of the World Series at the Longue Vue House and Gardens, to his commitment to storytelling through art with the NBA All Star program, Pierre has a joie de vivre like no other.


Ed Buckner Jr.

Mr. Ed Buckner Jr. is the president of the Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club, founder of the Original Big 7 Cultural and Heritage Division, founder of the Red Flame Hunters all-youth Mardi Gras Indian Tribe, volunteers with the New Day Fight Back Center, is a member of the Treme 7th Ward Cultural Arts District and is a powerful force of good and long-time pillar of his community.

He will reveal second line history, traditions, dancing, costuming, art and parading - and show you the spirit of a New Orleans street party.



Live music by the All for One Brass Band

and special guest performer from

the St. Joe Lofts Artist Community.

Click to download ESSENCE VIP and Group Party Presentation

Click to download ESSENCE VIP and Group Party Presentation