Bud Billiken Parade

MISSION

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Our mission is to celebrate African-American culture while connecting the community to resources that promote education and empowerment. This mission is built on the rich legacy of the Chicago Defender Newspaper which served as a cultural beacon, chronicling the Black American pursuit of a life enriched by opportunity. The paper played an integral role in the Great Migration as it spread news of northern jobs and opportunity to the south.  

THREE FOUNDATION PILLARS

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EDUCATION

Our core values lie within the heart of the youth. With the parade timed at the close of summer, Bud Billiken® is widely lauded as the kick off to the school year. The celebration includes gifting children with back to school supplies and offering scholarships.

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EMPOWER

The Bud Billiken® Festival, launched after the parade, features organizations like Illinicare and the Obama Foundation that champion education, career development, job placement, health, and wellness.

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EXPERIENCE

Looking to the showmanship of the Chicago Defender Newsboys, who used song and dance to woo customers, Bud Billiken® provides a platform for youth to feature their unique talents. During the parade and in competition, the community is united to enjoy the show.