88th annual Bud Billiken Parade returns on Saturday

Staff Writer

The Bud Billiken Parade returns this Saturday, Aug. 12, marking the 88th year for the oldest and largest African American parade in the nation.

This year’s theme is, “Honoring our Hometown Heroes.”

Chance the Rapper, a Chicago native and DuSable Museum board member, will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal.

The parade will also showcase high school bands, deejays, dance teams, tumblers, and more.

Chance the Rapper made history this year by receiving three Grammy Awards including, “Best New Artist”, “Best Rap Album” and “Best Rap Performance” for his album “Coloring Book” a first for a “streaming-only” album.

The Parade Royal Court consisting of boys and girls from the Chicago area were crowned over the weekend at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. The court is selected based on academics and extracurricular activities. Earnest Carver and Isis Dixon were named King and Queen.

Chance the Rapper’s younger brother Taylor Bennett, who is also a rapper, will be the special Guest of Honor on DuSable’s Bud Billiken parade float. The DuSable float is themed, “What Will Your Legacy Be: Celebrating Dr. Margaret Burroughs.”

The marching band from Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., will participate in the parade and the South Shore Drill Team, a mainstay for the annual parade will be back to perform this year after pulling out of last year’s parade.

The parade starts at 10 a.m., on Saturday and kicks off at King Drive and Oakwood Boulevard. The parade runs south on King Drive to 51st Street, then through Washington Park on Ellsworth Drive to Garfield Boulevard.

There will be activities, giveaways, and treats in the park after the parade.