Odunde Festival

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Odunde Festival
Odunde Festival celebrated in Southwest Center City in Philadelphia
Observed by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Type Cultural, commercial
Date Second Sunday in June
2020 date June 14  (2020-06-14)
2021 date June 13  (2021-06-13)
2022 date June 12  (2022-06-12)
2023 date June 11  (2023-06-11)
Frequency annual

The Odunde Festival is a one-day festival and mostly a street market catered to African-American interests and the African diaspora. It is derived from the tradition of the Yoruba people of Nigeria in celebration of the new year. It is centered at the intersection of Grays Ferry Avenue and South Street in the U.S. city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


The Odunde festival started in Philadelphia in 1975. Lois Fernandez established the festival with $100 from neighborhood donations.[1] The celebration is now the largest African celebration on the east coast of the United States. It is held in the month of June. The festival brings in Africans from all parts of the world, including Africa, Brazil, and other places around the United States.[2] According to WXPN, "... beginning with an all-inclusive spiritual procession to the Schuylkill River, the festival carries on from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., filling the day with vibrant traditional clothing, African food, and art and craft vendors from around the world."[3]

See also


  1. "Oshunbumi Fernandez, Caring Through Culture and Odunde 365".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Our Guide To The Odunde Festival, Set To Bring A Celebration Of African-American Culture To South Street West This Sunday, June 9".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Odunde Festival closes the streets for its 38th anniversary".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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