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Bud Billiken® Parade

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Every summer since 1929, “The Bud” has united African-Americans throughout the city of Chicago and beyond in music, dance, food, and laughter.

The parade begins at King Drive and Oakwood Boulevard and continues south on King to 51st Street before pivoting into Washington Park. The route ends at Garfield Boulevard and Ellsworth Drive.

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The Bud Billiken® Parade is more than a procession of bands and floats marching down King Drive, it’s a commemoration of our past and a celebration of our future.

Every summer since 1929, “The Bud” has united African-Americans throughout the city of Chicago and beyond in music, dance, food, and laughter.

The parade begins at King Drive and Oakwood Boulevard and continues south on King to 51st Street before pivoting into Washington Park. The route ends at Garfield Boulevard and Ellsworth Drive.

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Aug 10, 2019


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