Philadelphia, PA (Vocus) June 12, 2010
Members of the Nigerian Delegation will join ODUNDE officials for a procession which will begin, at noon, at the organization’s 24th and Banbridge Streets headquarters to the Schuylkill River, at 25th and Locust Streets, where fruit, money, flowers and other items are offered to pay homage to the Yoruba goddess of the river, Oshun. At approximately 1:30 pm, the procession will return to South Street, where the festival will continue, from 20th and 24th Streets, and from 23rd and Lombard, to Grays Ferry Avenue and Christian Street.
There will also be an award ceremony from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at 24th and South Streets, the festival’s main staging area, wherein U.S. Representative Robert A. Brady will join Imperial Majesty, Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwande Olubuse II, the Ooni of IFE and his Excellency, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, executive governor, OSUN State, Federal Republic of Nigeria in honoring six Philadelphians who have exemplified outstanding community service throughout the year.
ODUNDE is one of the nation’s oldest African-American street festivals and takes place, annually, on the second Sunday of June. The event features a wide variety of vendors, craftspeople, artists and performers that range from Neo-Soul artists, Hip-Hop Dance Groups, Doo-Wop Groups, African-Brazilian Dance Troupes and Gospel Music Groups.
ODUNDE was founded in 1975 by Lois Fernandez and Ruth Arthur.
- More than 500,000 persons
- Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Adele Sijuwade Olubuse II, the Ooni of IFE
- Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, executive governor, OSUN State, Federal Republic of Nigeria
- U.S. Representative Robert A. Brady
- Vendors from various African nations, Caribbean islands and Brazil
- Six Community Service Award Recipients
WHEN: Sunday, June 13, 2010
10:00 am – 9:00 pm: Festival
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Procession to Schuylkill River
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Award Ceremony
WHERE: From 20th to 24th Street on South Street, and from 23rd and Lombard, to Grays Ferry Avenue and Christian Street.
Philadelphia, PA 19147