Traditional American summer activities: the smell of hamburgers on the grill, marching bands with drum lines, These are all part of Chicago's Bud Billiken Parade.
First held in 1929, the Bud Billiken Parade is the largest African-American parade in the United States, according to organizers.
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Along with the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, he is one of the three major parades in Japan.
Participants in the Bud Billiken Parade march and dance through the streets of Chicago on the second Saturday of August each year.
Robert Senstuck Abbott, founder of the Chicago Defender, and his editor David Kellum created the fictional character Bud Billiken
David Kellum created the fictional character Bud Billiken as a mascot for a youth group they started in the community in 1923.
The Billiken is a mythical figure of him who became popular in the early 20th century. Kellam then decided to host a day of celebration for black youth and this Parade was born.
Parade Chairman Bud. Billiken said, “Our community has continued to recover from the effects of the pandemic over the past few years,
And we are delighted to be able to join in celebrating the return of Chicago students to school this year,”
He is also president and CEO of Chicago Defender Charities. The 93rd Bud Billiken Parade begins on August 13th.