ODUNDE FESTIVAL Philadelphia, PA Self-proclaimed as the largest African street festival in the US, Odunde is an annual celebration that spans 15 blocks from Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River to 23rd and South Street. With 45 years under their belt, this well-attended, Yuroba-inspired event celebrates the coming of another year. It kicks off annually with an offering of fruit and flowers for Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of the river. As attendees stroll the streets of Philly, they’re greeted with live music, cultural performances, an expansive African marketplace, food, and plenty of educational opportunities. For example, a drumming session isn’t strictly for entertainment. The follow up may be a historical conversation that touches on the significance of the beats played.