2013 Bud Billiken Parade

Bud Billiken Parade 2013
October 25, 2013 11:33:17 AM PDT
Watch ABC7's broadcast of the 84th annual Bud Billiken Parade.

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The Bud Billiken Parade has developed into one of the city of Chicago's premier back-to-school events. ABC 7 anchors Cheryl Burton, Jim Rose, and Hosea Sanders co-hosted from the broadcast booth capturing all the fun for viewers watching at home. Windy City LIVE co-host Val Warner and ABC 7's Karen Jordan were also be a part of the festivities, checking out the action along the parade route.

"The Bud Billiken Parade is a 2 ? hour party on ABC 7," says co-host Jim Rose. "It's a wonderful day to celebrate summer while reminding kids of the importance of returning to school."

In addition, members of the ABC 7 news team including Ryan Chiaverini, Evelyn Holmes, Leah Hope, Phil Schwarz and Linda Yu rode atop the station's colorful float. The Bud Billiken Parade is the largest African-American parade and the second largest parade overall in the country with more than 1.5 million people in attendance.

Recognized as a day of family fun and celebration that kicks off Chicago children's return to school, the parade has become an anticipated event in Chicago each August. The Bud Billiken Parade made its way down by starting at King Drive at Oakwood Blvd through Elsworth Drive (in Washington Park) from 51st Street to ending at Garfield Boulevard (55th St.).

Christopher Bowen is the executive producer of the Bud Billiken Parade.


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