Love Letter to the People of New Orleans: Street Shots From ESSENCE Fest 2017
Already a vibrant city, New Orleans lights up when ESSENCE Fest comes to town, welcoming thousands of visitors. Food, music, and just strolling down Bourbon Street become an art form in the town founded nearly 300 years ago. The local people play a big role in what makes this city so unique and a must on everyone's list. Read about some of their stories below, captured by our man on the street, hometown Photographer Patrick Melon.
"New Orleans is a place where people come, they get inspired and create, then they leave. And there's a lot of good and bad that comes with that."
Cubs the Poet
I'm a modern day street poet. I set up with my typewriter throughout New Orleans crafting custom poetry for people and at events. #poetrystillmatters
Im an international dancer from New Orleans. I represent bounce music, the real. Our accent, swag, and our style. I want to be part of the great lineage of entertainers from our city.
"I'm a representative of the school of Israel United in Christ. We've been established in New Orleans for 3 years. It's an organization to teach black, native americans and hispanics who they are according to bible. Our mission is go out and teach our people who God wants them to be. We're not out here on a racial campaign with the aim to disrespect other races or nationalities, only here to teach our own people in a professional manner."
"I'm from the 17th Ward. My favorite thing about New Orleans is our originality. We're the most unique city in the US."
I work every day to take care of my kids support family. I’m a big Saints fan. Patron of our culture. I love second lines and Mardi Gras. I love Essence because it brings all our people to one spot for a weekend to enjoy themselves. I just enjoy watching our beautiful people come together every three nights out a year come to a place to live. Just to say I that I was part of that it's a blessing
"The streets of New Orleans are colorful. It's a must that I match its fly-ness."