Bud Billiken Parade


Saturday, August 11, 2018


Martin Luther King Drive, Jr. Drive , , Chicago, Illinois


10:00 am - 4:00 pm


As the largest African American parade in the United States, the Bud Billiken Parade has grown into an institution with generational participation across the country. It has hosted numerous high-profile celebrities and dignitaries like Oprah Winfrey, President Truman, Duke Ellington, and President Obama (then Senator).

The parade is cited as a mark of “back-to-school” – kicking off the school year with high energy and enthusiasm. The parade includes contests and participants are judged in  categories like Best Float and Best Dance Team. At the end, all attendees are welcomed to join additional fun in post-parade festivities in the park.

With the live broadcast on ABC7 Chicago, the parade is viewed and attended by over a million people. It is routed south on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, through the historic Bronzeville neighborhood, into Washington Park. It is led by a Grand Marshal and Royal Court (youth recipients to a Week of Fun as essay winners).

The parade is produced in cooperation with Chicago’s Mayor’s Office, the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Park District and other city organizations.


South on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, starting from Oakwood Boulevard to 51st Street​

Continuing on Elsworth Drive (in Washington Park) from 51st Street to Garfield Boulevard (55th St.)

Ending on Garfield Boulevard (55th St.) and Elsworth Drive

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