600,000 people expected at Philly’s African American festival

Activities kick off on Friday leading up to Sunday’s Odunde Festival, one of the country’s largest African-American festivals.

Over 600,000 people are expected to attend Sunday’s Odunde Festival – 12 blocks surrounding 23rd and South Streets, where there will be over 200 vendors in African arts and crafts and food and two live stages.

“We’re saying come, get a piece of Africa.”

Oshubumi Fernandez is CEO of Odunde Incorporated, which has put on the annual festival for the past 35 years. With its roots based in West African culture, Odunde — which means Happy New Year — celebrates the African Diaspora.

“Odunde is an African-American street festival. However, it’s for everyone, no matter what your ethnic background is, no matter what your income bracket is, everyone can come and enjoy Odunde.”

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