The Special Event 2018 kicked off in New Orleans yesterday with a rich mix of education, exhibits and events.
The Opening General Session started with a lively performance by dance/acrobatic troupe Eclipse (in photo at top) followed by the comedy of Greg Schwem. During the session, the entry "The River Runs Through It" by Crystal Clear Creative was named winner of the 2018 Design Gallery competition (in photo above).
The brass band the Storyville Stompers led attendees to the show floor.
Hundreds of booths offer products and services for event professionals. Here, the Jonathan Moody Band.
Attendees could also visit education sessions covering everything from design inspiration to event best practices. A special session by security expert Mike Surrick (in photo above) trained attendees how to address the threat of an active shooter at their event.