Highland Park’s Bitter Jester music festival took place two months after the Fourth of July parade tragedy

CHICAGO (SCS) — Two months after the deadly tragedy of the 4th of July parade in Highland Park. A concert that was to take place that day took place on Sunday.

Residents told CBS 2’s Sabrina Franza that it was more than just a concert. It’s about rising above and how the show should go on.

It was the Bitter Jester Music Festival, which is normally celebrated after the 4th of July fireworks.

Following the Highland Park parade tragedy, the show was cancelled.

On Sunday afternoon, the 10 bands scheduled to play on July 4 played at Madam Zuzu’s Tea House, a venue owned by local musician Smashing Pumpkins and Billy Corgan.

It was important not only for the groups to be there, but also for the teachers, judges and residents of Highland Park to enjoy a tradition that has been going on for 16 years.

Nothing could stop this.

The concert was free and one group was crowned the winner at the end.

Proceeds from donations will go to the Business Recovery Fund in Highland Park.


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