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.