Skip to contents
Bronzeville, Near South Side

Lil Rel Howery Is Grand Marshal Of 90th Bud Billiken Parade, The Nation’s Largest Black Parade

The Bud Billiken Parade, a two-mile stroll down King Drive, features marching bands and dance and drill teams from all over the country.

A marching band performs at the 2018 Bud Billiken Parade.
Courtesy of Chicago Defender Charities
  • Credibility:

BRONZEVILLE — The Bud Billiken Parade, a celebration of black culture past and present, is gearing up for its annual stroll through Bronzeville.

The two-mile march down King Drive begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and ends in Washington Park, where the “It Takes a Village” family fair will run until 4 p.m.

Drill, dance and cheerleading teams from across the country will join marching bands along the route. Comedian and West Side native Lil Rel Howery is this year’s grand marshal.

This is the 90th year of the parade, started in 1929 by Chicago Defender founder Robert S. Abbot. “The Bud” is billed as “the largest African American parade in the United States.”

More information is available at the event’s website.