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.

Scroll down to check out more pics from the concert and festival.

Roots co-found Questlove on the drums Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Roots cofounder Black Thought during the Live Mixtape segment with Benny the Butcher and Rick Ross as guests Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
A popular site where fans lined up to take photos Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
A group of friends enjoying Roots Picnic Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
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 Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Good vibes only at Roots Picnic as a group of friends pose for a photo opp Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Philly native DJ Jazzy Jeff Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Water ice, the only proper way to cool down at the Roots Picnic Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
R&B star Masego, in fromt of the crowd at TD Pavillion Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Pac-Man was an option at the arcade booth Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
A fan plays basketball at the arcade booth Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Black Thought of The Roots Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Happy feelings were plentiful Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
D-Nice had the crowd on their feet from start to finish with a great set list along side Kenny Burns Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Cooking at the Roots Picnic, not a bad gig Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Kirk Franklin never misses a beat. Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Two cheerful fans watch Kirk Franklin Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
A fan feeling it during Kirk Franklin’s moving performance Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Artwork fans were using as a backdrops for photos Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Benny the Butcher Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Vendor The Munchy Machine themed itself after the Scooby Doo van Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Alex Isley, daughter of Ernie Isley, who just released an album ‘Marigold,’ sang with a soothing voice Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Even festival security was have a blast Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
The Queen, Mary J. Blige, graced the stage to close the first day of Roots Picnic Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Staff security is all smiles at Roots Picnic Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
The legendary Rakim graces the stage on Day 2. Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Fans about to enter the gates Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Durand Bernarr with a spectacular outfit and performance to match Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn
Skyline view from the Mann Center steps Credit: Christina Merrion for Billy Penn