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Bronzeville, Near South Side

Bud Billiken Parade Celebrates Its 90th Birthday On A Beautiful Saturday (PHOTOS)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, BJ the Chicago Kid and Proviso East alum Shannon Brown all made appearances.

Left to right: Monique Foote represents Grenada, Stekeena Rollins represents Barbados and Nigeria and Amy Shirley represents Jamaica in the Reynaldo & Friends Mas Band.
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BRONZEVILLE — The 90th Bud Billiken Parade, with Chicago native Lil Rel Howery as grand marshal, marched through Bronzeville Saturday with a host of dignitaries joining the fun.

Notable attendees included Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, U.S. Reps. Danny Davis and Bobby Rush, former NBA player and Proviso East alum Shannon Brown and singer BJ the Chicago Kid.

The parade took a two-mile route down King Drive to Washington Park, where festivities continued with the “It Takes a Village” family fair.

Check out some photos from The Bud below:

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Gospel artist Bishop Hezekiah Walker leads the crowd in a pre-parade worship session.
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A worker with the Ooh Wee Delicious food truck serves a meal outside Peach’s Restaurant, 4652 S. King Drive.
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A member of the King College Prep color guard stands watch before the parade begins.
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The Garrett Popcorn Shops’ float.
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot greets a parade attendee.
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A drumline plays on the University of Chicago Urban Health Initiative’s float.
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Chicago firefighters sit atop a truck.
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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle poses for a photo with attendee Almoe Heath.
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A drill team member dances as part of a Sesame Street routine.
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Footwork instructor MurdaMommy (far right) gives an improptu lesson at her tent alongside the parade route.
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The Garrett Popcorn Shops’ float.
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An attendee waves at the floats as they pass by.

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