Odunde Festival

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Dancers at the Odunde Festival.

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!!!


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