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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In 1929 the paper created The Bud Billiken Day Parade, a legacy that endures to this day.
So that summer I played and marched in the annual Bud Billiken Day Parade."
Many of these, such as the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Los Angeles and Bud Billiken Day in Chicago, may draw thousands of participants.
* AUGUST 12--Bud Billiken Day: a celebration of the African-American community centered around honoring a mythical guardian of small children.