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The Special Event 2018 Kicks Off in New Orleans

Day One brings a rich mix of education, exhibits and events in the Big Easy.

The Special Event 2018 kicked off in New Orleans yesterday with a rich mix of education, exhibits and events. 


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'The River Runs Through It' Design Gallery 2018 winner from Crystal Clear Creative

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).

Photo by Special Events magazine

The brass band the Storyville Stompers led attendees to the show floor.

Photo by Special Events magazine

Hundreds of booths offer products and services for event professionals. Here, the Jonathan Moody Band.

Photo by Special Events magazine

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.

The day ended with the TSE Wedding and Event Showcase at The Chicory.

See a recap of the Wedding and Event Showcase here.

The show continues today with The Hot List, Leadership Lunch, exhibits, education and the Gala Awards.


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