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June 10, 2015

Nation's largest African-American street fest marks 40 years

Annual celebration returns to South Street

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Odunde Fest M. Edlow/Visit Philadelphia™

The annual Odunde Festival lines South Street West each June.

Odunde Festival, the nation's largest African-American street festival, has been getting bigger and bigger for decades. Now celebrating its 40th year, Odunde's day of arts, culture and family fun returns Sunday, June 14 to its traditional South Street West location.

The festival, a concept which came from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, includes a beautiful procession that walks from 23rd and South Street to the Schuylkill River with an offering for Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of the river. Sprawling out over 12 southwest Center City blocks, the rest of the day includes live entertainment on two stages and a marketplace with over 100 craft and food vendors from African nations, the Caribbean and Brazil.

The live entertainment features dance and music, including performances by the ODUNDE365 children's program, an open mic, PHILADANCO and the African Heritage Dancers. A group of hip-hop legends will close out the night in celebration of Odunde's big anniversary: Kurtis Blow, Chubb Rock, Special Ed and Kwame will all perform.

Odunde Festival

Sunday, June 14
10 a.m.-8 p.m. | Free admission
23rd & South Streets