Bud Billiken Parade
The Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic is an annual celebration of our community and our children. The University of Chicago Medical Center's proud, major sponsorship of the parade includes our own float.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. at 39th Street and Martin Luther King Drive and proceeds south on King Drive to 51st Street. It then continues on Ellsworth Drive to 55th Street, ending around 3 p.m. with festivities and vendor booths in Washington Park.
This annual parade--held on the second Saturday every August--is the second largest parade in the country, and the largest African-American parade in the United States. It was started by Robert S. Abbott--founder of The Chicago Defender--to give underprivileged children a day to be in the spotlight. Today, it is still run by the Chicago Defender Charities and crowns a boy and a girl king and queen of the parade.