Billiken Day

Billiken (Bud) Day

Second Saturday in August
Bud Billiken is the "patron saint" of Chicago's African-American children. Created in 1923 by Robert S. Abbott, the founder of the Chicago Daily Defender newspaper, Bud Billiken is a symbol of things as they should be—not necessarily as they are—and his day is primarily a children's event. There is a parade held on the second Saturday in August each year that goes on for several hours, complete with marching bands, baton twirlers, floats holding celebrities and politicians, and units from the Navy, Air Force, and National Guard. The formalities end when the parade reaches Washington Park in the Grand Boulevard area of Chicago, where families have picnics and cookouts.
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Most recently, CPS alumni who are Olympians were showcased at the annual Chicago Defender Charities Bud Billiken Day back-to-school parade.
ComEd is adding competition to the 71st Annual Bud Billiken Day Parade Saturday with a "Best Float" contest for participants.
Doug Banks along with Merri Dee and Jeanne Sparrow are the official co-hosts of this year's Bud Billiken Day Parade.
The Bud Billiken Day Parade, now in its 71st year, has become a long- standing tradition in Chicago and is the second largest parade following The Macy's Day Parade.