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ODUNDE Festival For African American Families

June 1, 2016

June 1, 2016

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PHILADELPHIA, June 12, 2016 from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. —  Mark your calendars, the ODUNDE festival is coming in June. It’s known as the largest street festival in the country for African American families and was created in 1975 by Lois Fernandez and Ruth Arthur. Festival organizers report attendance of up to 500,000 people annually at this premier Afro-centric celebration.

According to the Odunde website, 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. ODUNDE is also known for its authentic African marketplace featuring vendors from around the world selling merchandise from many African nations, the Caribbean and Brazil. It’s a family oriented event and we can smell the good cooking already!

Odunde festival for families

To find out more about the ODUNDE Festival go to their website at, phone them at 215-732-8510 or email to

Photo Credits: Odunde Festival website and Instagram

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