Bud Billiken Parade
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 The world's largest and oldest African-American parade enters its 90th year celebrating Chicago's youth. The parade's two-mile route begins in the Bronzeville neighborhood and continues north on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, concluding in Washington Park with a festival that features vendors and performers. Please apply below to be part of this rich legacy.


We are committed to academic advancement in the African American community and proud to continue the Chicago Defender Charities, Inc®. Bud Billiken® Scholarship Program. As the program is designed to encourage students and assist in the progression of their education, we believe this investment today will return a positive impact in our communities in the future.


Royal Court consisting of a king, a queen and attendants will represent the 2019 Bud Billiken® Parade. If you are interested in any current opportunities at the Royal Court, please complete an application and read the guidelines carefully


The Chicago Defender® Charities invites you to participate in the Bud Billiken® procession. If you or your organization would like to be involved, please complete an application and read the guidelines carefully.  


Thank you for wanting to be a part of our team … We are very proud of our long-standing tradition of having great volunteers make a great Parade and Festival.  All volunteers participate in a unique and engaging annual event that brings so many smiles to the many children of our community. Without volunteers, the Chicago Defender® Charities could not bring our annual event to Chicago – an event that brings enjoyment to children, parents, and grandparents alike. The greatest reward that we can offer is a child’s laughter, directly caused by your involvement and personal commitment