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The Odunde Festival Each year, the second Sunday in June, ODUNDE takes place covering 12 city blocks.
- ODUNDE was created in 1975 by Lois Fernandez and Ruth Arthur.
- The festival attracts up to 500,000 people annually and is the largest African American street festival held in the country.
- The festival, whose concept originates from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa, celebrates the coming of another year for African Americans and Africanized people around the world.
- It is an occasion highlighted by a colorful procession from 23rd and South Streets to the Schuylkill River where an offering of fruit and flowers is made to Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of the river.
- ODUNDE is for everyone, we look forward to seeing you and your family this year!!!
In The News
- Lois Fernandez, Co-Founder of Philly’s ODUNDE Festival, Dies at 81, NBC-10, August 14, 2017.
- As summer heat hits Philadelphia, Odunde Festival brings South Street to life, Newsworks, June 12, 2017.