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Odunde Festival - Philadelphia - June 9, 2024

Updated: Mar 29



The Odunde Festival, held annually in Philadelphia, was created in 1975 by Lois Fernandez. The festival attracts up to 500,000 people annually and is the largest African American street  festival held in the country. The Odunde festival, whose concept originates from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa, celebrates the coming of another year for  African-Americans and African people around the world. It is an occasion highlighted by a colorful procession from  23rd and South Street to the Schuylkill River where an offering of  fruit and flowers is made to Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of the river. The festival is known for its authentic African marketplace featuring vendors from around the world selling merchandise from African nations, the Caribbean and Brazil.


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