‘The Bud,’ The Country’s Largest Black Parade, Celebrates Its Full-Length Return
“A lot of Black people show up to [the Bud Billiken Parade], considering it’s on King Drive and we’re on the Low End,” one attendee said from his front porch. “But this is for everybody. This is a love parade.”
GRAND BOULEVARD — Tens of thousands of Chicagoans watched dozens of dance troupes, musicians, dignitaries and more march through Bronzeville during Saturday’s Bud Billiken Parade.
With a theme of “The Power Of Bud Billiken 365,” a nod to the around-the-clock work of parade organizers and sponsors, the inclusive but uniquely Black back-to-school celebration took place on a cloudy, sometimes-sprinkling Saturday.
Parade participants marched the entire traditional 2-mile route down King Drive, from Pershing Road to Garfield Boulevard, for the first time since the pandemic started.
Notable attendees included parade grand marshal and Morgan Park High School graduate Jeremih, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, actress Regina Taylor and comedian Korporate.
Photos from the 93rd annual Bud Billiken Parade are below: