The Chicago Defender Charities Bud Billiken™ Parade

Basic Information About This Great Event!


Purpose:         To showcase talented youth and herald in the new school year. 

Theme:           "Back to School Back to Work"

Producers:     Chicago Defender Charities, Inc.

Event date:    Saturday, August 11, 2018

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 the Chinese legend.


Bud Billiken™ Parade Application

Opening January 19, 2018


Corporate and Elected Officials

please contact the office. 773-536-3710