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Bud Billiken Parade
  • Address: S. Martin Luther King Dr. & E. 51st St., Chicago, IL 60615
  • Dates: August 12, 2017
  • Recurrence: 0
  • The Chicago Defender Newspaper was founded by Robert Sengstacke Abbott on May 5, 1905. His plan was to use this newspaper to address African American issues. In 1921, Mr. Abbott started the Chicago Defender Jr., a section for children in the newspaper. It included an application to the Bud Billiken ® Club, which was named after the Billiken, the guardian angel of little children according to Chinese legend.

    In 1929, Mr. Abbott started the Bud Billiken ® Parade. Its purpose was to provide underprivileged youth with the chance to be in the limelight. Hundreds of thousands have lined the parade route with millions viewing festivities on live TV. Today, the parade features dozens of bands, drill teams, marching units, floats and more.

    The Bud Billiken ® Parade is produced by the Chicago Defender Charities. It is the second largest parade in the United States. It has grown into an institution with participation from across generations and across the country. The parade takes place every second Saturday in August in Chicago, IL with this year's event scheduled for August 12, 2017. The parade proceeds south on King Dr. from Oakwood Blvd. to 51st St. and continues on Ellsworth Dr. thru Washington Park to 55th St. where it disbands.

    Many celebrities have appeared in the Bud Billiken ® Parade. From the past, the parade has seen Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Roy Rogers, Lena Horne and former President Harry S. Truman. In recent years, the parade has enjoyed the company of then Senator Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, L.L. Cool J, Spike Lee, Michael Jordan, Frank Thomas, Donny Osmond, Queen Latifah, Tyler Perry and more.
Bud Billiken Parade
  • Address: S. Martin Luther King Dr. & E. 51st St.
  • August 12, 2017
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