The Bud Billiken Parade kicks off the festivities Saturday morning – NBC Chicago

The annual Bud Billiken Parade will send an array of floats through the streets of Chicago on Saturday morning.

The Chicago tradition dating back to 1929 celebrates African-American culture and black youth returning to school. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.

According to organizers, it is one of the largest black parades in the country – and this summer marks the first time since 2020 that participants will walk the full two-mile parade route.

The parade, which is expected to attract more than 10,000 spectators, includes more than 200 marching bands, drill teams, dance teams, goblets and more. It also awards school scholarships and has donated thousands of school supplies to Chicago students, according to organizers.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez and other senior CPS members are expected to join the parade festivities.

The parade grand marshal will be Jeremih, a Grammy-nominated R&B singer and Morgan Park High School graduate.

According to a press release, the Chicago native will be donating hundreds of school supplies and book bags during the event.

“I am thrilled and honored to pay tribute to the legacy of the Bud Billiken show, which represents so much of my childhood.” Jeremih said in the statement.

Here’s when the parade starts, where it takes place and more.

Parade start time: 10 a.m. Saturday

Procession and two-mile course: Beginning in Bronzeville at 39th Street and Martin Luther King Drive, the motorcade will head south on King Drive through Washington Park. The parade ends at Garfield Boulevard on 55th Street.

Festival: The event continues after the parade with a family event in Washington Park until 4 p.m.

Getting There : As some streets may be closed, public transport or carpooling is advised. According to the TA, additional bus service will be provided on several routes that serve the parade area, including #3 King Drive, $3 Cottage Grove, #15 Jeffery Local, #29 State, #43 43rd, #47 47th and # 55.Garfield.

Security: According to the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. David Brown, as part of security measures, Chicago police officers will be paying close attention to rooftops and asking the public to report any suspicious behavior.

NBC Chicago

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