The founder of the Chicago Defender newspaper created the first Bud Billiken Parade in 1929 to provide underprivileged youth with the chance to be in the limelight. It is now the second largest parade in the United States. 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 parade is produced by the Chicago Defender Charities.
The organization's Vice President, Dr. Marc Sengstacke, was in our studio to tell us more about this event.
Chicago Defender Charities Bud Billiken Parade
Saturday, August 10, 2013
10 a.m. until early evening
King Drive from 39th St. to 55th St. in Washington Park
Also, you can watch it live at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 10 on ABC7 Chicago.