August 8, 2009 (CHICAGO) --
A Chicago summer tradition since 1929 continued with ABC7 Chicago's broadcast of the 80th annual Bud Billiken Parade, live and in HD, Saturday, August 8, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.ABC7 co-hosts Cheryl Burton, Jim Rose, and Bill Campbell were in the broadcast booth capturing all the fun for viewers watching at home. ABC 7's Karen Jordan and 190 North's Doug Banks were also part of the festivities, checking out the action along the parade route. In addition, members of the ABC7 news team including Charles Thomas, Ron Magers, Ravi Baichwal, Hosea Sanders, Mark Giangreco, and Leah Hope rode atop the station's colorful float.
With more than a million people in attendance, the Bud Billiken Parade is the largest African-American parade and the second largest parade overall in the country. Recognized as a day of family fun and celebration, the parade has become an anticipated event in Chicago each August. The Bud Billiken Parade makes its way down Martin Luther King Drive from 39th Street to Washington Park.
ABC7's broadcast of the Bud Billiken Parade is now available on-demand, just click here.