Photos from the Roots Picnic, returning for a glorious music celebration in Fairmount Park

More than 60,000 tickets were sold for the 15th annual festival, hosted on two stages at the Mann Center.

Mary J. Blige performs 'Be Happy,' one of her many hit singles, at the 2022 Roots Picnic

Mary J. Blige performs 'Be Happy,' one of her many hit singles, at the 2022 Roots Picnic

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Unbroken sunshine welcomed the return of the Roots Picnic to Philadelphia, as the two-day music festival took over the Mann Center in Fairmount Park.

Upwards of 60,000 tickets were sold to the 15th annual event, organizers said. Attendees came from near and far to see headliners like Mary J. Blige and The Roots — both Black Thought and Questlove performed — plus local stars like Tierra Whack and Jazmin Sullivan and dozens of other hip hop artists, including WizKid and Summer Walker.

At the first edition in 2008, Roots band manager Shawn Gee told The Inquirer that just 2,000 people showed up. Back then, it was held at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River.

The event moved to the Mann in 2019, but then went virtual-only for two years because of the pandemic.

This year, performances are taking place on two stages, and are being livestreamed on YouTube. There were also backdrops set up for photos, and a whole arcade area with games.

Though people of all races and ethnicities were in attendance, several festival-goers said the event felt like a center for Black culture, with one describing it as “a profoundly black experience” and another calling it “Cochella for Black people.” WNBA champion and winning coach Dawn Staley was spotted on the grounds.

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Roots frontman Questlove on the drums

Roots co-found Questlove on the drums

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Black Thought during the Live Mixtape segment with Benny the Butcher and Rick Ross as guests

Roots cofounder Black Thought during the Live Mixtape segment with Benny the Butcher and Rick Ross as guests

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A popular site where fans lined up to take photos

A popular site where fans lined up to take photos

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A group of friends enjoying Roots Picnic

A group of friends enjoying Roots Picnic

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Philly native Jazmine Sullivan graced the stage with several of her hit songs; the crowd was very anxious to see her and she did not disappoint

Philly native Jazmine Sullivan graced the stage with several of her hit songs; the crowd was very anxious to see her and she did not disappoint

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Good vibes only at Roots Picnic as a group of friends pose for a photo opp

Good vibes only at Roots Picnic as a group of friends pose for a photo opp

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Philly native DJ Jazzy Jeff

Philly native DJ Jazzy Jeff

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Water ice, the only proper way to cool down at the Roots Picnic

Water ice, the only proper way to cool down at the Roots Picnic

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R&B star Masego, in fromt of the crowd at TD Pavillion

R&B star Masego, in fromt of the crowd at TD Pavillion

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Pac-Man was an option at the arcade booth

Pac-Man was an option at the arcade booth

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A fan plays basketball at the arcade booth

A fan plays basketball at the arcade booth

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Black Thought of The Roots

Black Thought of The Roots

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Happy feelings were plentiful

Happy feelings were plentiful

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D-Nice had the crowd on their feet from start to finish with a great set list along side Kenny Burns

D-Nice had the crowd on their feet from start to finish with a great set list along side Kenny Burns

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Cooking at the Roots Picnic, not a bad gig

Cooking at the Roots Picnic, not a bad gig

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Kirk Franklin never misses a beat.

Kirk Franklin never misses a beat.

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Two cheerful fans watch Kirk Franklin

Two cheerful fans watch Kirk Franklin

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A fan feeling it during Kirk Franklin's moving performance

A fan feeling it during Kirk Franklin's moving performance

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Artwork fans were using as a backdrops for photos

Artwork fans were using as a backdrops for photos

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Benny the Butcher

Benny the Butcher

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Vendor The Munchy Machine themed itself after the Scooby Doo van

Vendor The Munchy Machine themed itself after the Scooby Doo van

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Alex Isley, daughter of Ernie Isley, who just released an album 'Marigold,' sang with a soothing voice

Alex Isley, daughter of Ernie Isley, who just released an album 'Marigold,' sang with a soothing voice

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Even festival security was have a blast

Even festival security was have a blast

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The Queen, Mary J. Blige, graced the stage to close the first day of Roots Picnic

The Queen, Mary J. Blige, graced the stage to close the first day of Roots Picnic

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Staff security is all smiles at Roots Picnic

Staff security is all smiles at Roots Picnic

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The legendary Rakim graces the stage on Day 2.

The legendary Rakim graces the stage on Day 2.

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Fans about to enter the gates

Fans about to enter the gates

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Durand Bernarr with a spectacular outfit and performance to match

Durand Bernarr with a spectacular outfit and performance to match

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Skyline view from the Mann Center steps

Skyline view from the Mann Center steps

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