Odunde Festival Recap 2017

The annual Odunde Street Festival brought a genuine taste of Africa to South Street, one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African-American neighborhoods. For the 42nd year, the enormous festival gathered hundreds of vendors from around the world. The Festival stretched across 23rd and Lombard streets to Grays Ferry and Christian Street, and from 20th and South streets to 24th and South streets.


 All sorts of African, Caribbean and Soul food filled the air at the festival with a variety of fried fish and chicken dishes, corn on the cob and much more. The food was a huge attraction at Odunde and drew large crowds of festival goers who were prepared to wait in line for the best dishes. More than 100 vendors sold everything from crafts, clothing, jewelry and more at the neighborhood festival. Beyond shopping from local vendors, the African Marketplace at the Odunde Festival showcased items from the Caribbean, South America and other parts of Africa. An array of live music and energetic performances occurred on stages throughout the festival.

by Drui Caldwell


Photos by Drui Caldwell. Follow her on instagram @druic1.photography
Video by Immanuel Moore

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