The Chicago Defender Charities Bud Billiken ® Parade
Basic Information About This Great Event!
Purpose: Provide underprivileged children with the chance to be in the limelight
Theme: Stay tuned!
Producers: Chicago Defender Charities, Inc.
Event date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Start time: 10:00 AM
Start point: King Drive at Oakwood Blvd.
Route: King Drive south from Oakwood Boulevard to 51st Street. Elsworth Drive (in Washington Park) from 51st Street to Garfield Boulevard (55th St.).
End point: Garfield Blvd. (55th St.) and Elsworth Dr.
Activities following the parade: Located in Washington Park southeast of 51st and King Dr. with free giveaways and other treats.
TV coverage: WLS-TV Channel 7 live from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Parade founder: Robert Sengstacke Abbott, also founder of the Chicago Defender
Year of the 1st parade: 1929
Who is Bud Billiken?: It is an idea that was the brainchild of Robert Sengstacke Abbott to symbolize the best for children. It is named after the Billiken, the guardian angel of all children according to Chinese legend.
To Download the 2017 Day of Parade Instructions Click Here