CRENSHAW (CBSLA) – Fun, food and entertainment delighted an estimated 350,000 people at the 13th annual Taste of Soul festival in the Crenshaw District Saturday.

Organizers claim the popular annual event is the largest street festival in Los Angeles.

Festival goers enjoyed delicious bites from more than 25 vendors, as well as tunes from groups like En Vogue.

Festival founder Danny Bakewell Sr. said last year he created the festival to celebrate all that L.A.’s black community has to offer.

“It’s really a day of testimony to all of the good things that go on in the African-American community you can come out in a safe, secure environment. There’s a lot of economic empowerment,” he said.

Crenshaw Boulevard was closed between Rodeo Road and Stocker Street.

CBS2’s Pat Harvey was emcee for the event and greeted the huge crowd to the main stage.

The festival ran until 7 p.m. Entry was free. Find more information here.



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