Alan Ferguson, Daniel Julez Smith, Jr, and actor Richard Lawson pose for a photo backstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 3, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Make-up free Solange Knowles sips on a glass of champagne as she gets into the party spirit with husband and son at Mardi Gras in New Orleans
It may be nine days away, but Solange Knowles was already embracing the spirit of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, on Sunday afternoon. Firmly embracing the carnival spirit of the world famous event, the 29-year-old donned a feathered mask and colourful dress as she enjoyed a parade in the city’s French Quarter with her family. Sitting on the balcony of a beautiful period building, Solange and her husband Alan Ferguson had some of the best seats in the house as they watched a the Mystic Krew of Barkus parade through the historic location.
Stood with a huge smile on her face, and clutching a champagne flute, the singer and actress was in high spirits.
Wearing a breezy sunflower yellow smock dress, the Texas-born beauty - who relocated to New Orleans from Brooklyn after her wedding - dressed for the humid weather in true bohemian style. Donning a feathered mask, which featured white blue and purple feathers, the Bring It On star looked just the part.
Adding some finishing touches to her festival-themed wardrobe, she draped colourful necklaces of beads around her neck. Sporting her signature tightly curled hair, the brunette beauty wore minimal make-up underneath the mask - showcasing her naturally striking looks when she pulled it up off of her face. Enjoying some quality time around their home town with music video director Alan, 52, the couple looked the picture of happiness.
Sporting his ever-growing bushy beard, Solange’s second husband went for a slightly more casual look, donning a maroon hoodie which he teamed with a dark denim jacket and jeans. The couple were accompanied by Solange’s 11-year-old son, Daniel Julez Smith Jr. - from her first marriage to Daniel Smith - who appeared enraptured by the sights and sounds of the festivities. And while the family will no doubt be celebrating the official Mardi Gras on February 9, they were more than happy to take advantage of the festival’s parades that run from January up to the festival itself.