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May 23, 2014

Spring Festival Alert: The Odunde Festival Brings A Lively Celebration Of African-American Culture To South Street West, June 4-8

Spanning 12 blocks of South Street and Grays Ferry Avenue, the annual Odunde street festival is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

The excellent Odunde Festival, one of the longest-running and largest African-American festivals, is set to return for its 39th year from Wednesday, June 4 to Sunday, June 8.

Odunde, a local cultural organization with a mission of serving the need for cultural enrichment in the African-American community, hosts its marquee event annually, celebrating traditions originating with the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa.

A variety of events are slated to take place at various locales throughout the city beginning on Wednesday, June 4 with am Odunde365 talk from influential Philadelphians at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Come the weekend, events include a Guinness World Record-sized Zumba Class on Saturday, June 7 and the blockbuster street fair on Sunday, June 8.

The enormous street fair on Sunday, June 8 covers 12 blocks, features more than 200 food and artisan vendors and is one of the largest community-based street festivals in the country taking over streets from 23rd and Lombard to Grays Ferry and Christian, and along South Street from 20th to 24th streets.

A full calendar of events is available online and check back for additional information as the festival draws near.

2014 Odunde Festival
When: June 4-8; Street festival, Sunday, June 8
Where: Locations vary; Festival, 23rd and South streets
Cost: Free
More info: www.odundefestival.org

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