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‘The Bud’, the nation’s largest black parade, celebrates its full comeback

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GRAND BOULEVARD — Tens of thousands of Chicagoans watched as dozens of dance troupes, musicians, dignitaries and more paraded through Bronzeville during Saturday’s Bud Billiken Parade.

With the theme “The Power Of Bud Billiken 365”, a nod to the around-the-clock work of the parade’s organizers and sponsors, the inclusive but only black back-to-school celebration took place on a cloudy, sometimes watery Saturday. . .

Parade participants walked the full traditional 2-mile route on King Drive, from Pershing Road to Garfield Boulevard, for the first time since the pandemic began.

Notable attendees included Parade Grand Marshal and Morgan Park High School graduate Jeremih, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Cook County Council Speaker Toni Preckwinkle, U.S. Representative Danny Davis, actress Regina Taylor and comedian Korporate .

Photos from the 93rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade are below:

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A young member of the Geek Skquad Dance Company smiles at the participants as the group’s float passes King Drive.
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Tasia Mason and her son Daniel, 8, pose at a table for Mason’s beauty and accessories company TylashDollz. This is the first time Mason has sold TylashDollz products at the show. “It’s great to be around black people and see all the positivity,” Mason said. “Even though we’re just entrepreneurs for the day, it’s great to see us making money in a positive light.”
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Balloon seller Iyma Cuevas waves as she is surrounded by her merchandise, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and unicorn balloons.
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The dance company float Made By Money, or MBM. The dancers found a new home in Chatham last year after a fire destroyed their studio in 2020.
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A parade participant weaves a miniature Chevy truck down the street.
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A young dancer prepares while her teammates perform all around her.
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The King College Prep Jaguar Brass Band perform on Saturday. The group, whose school is about half a mile east of the parade route, led the march down King Drive.
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The team of Daliah Goree, candidate for alderman of the 21st district, turns a gold Pontiac Bonneville from the mid-1960s off Oakwood Boulevard into a parade.
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot shakes hands and chats with parade participants near 43rd Street.
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John Smith tends a grill with ribs, chicken and links shortly after the parade begins at 10am on Saturday. Smith lives across the street from his grill station and has been frequenting “the Bud” for over 20 years.
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Participants try to catch a glimpse of the Bringing Out Talent dance company. People down the block from where the team stopped marching to play joked that the team should have stopped marching “just a little earlier”.
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A group of Jesse White Tumblers, a perennial participant and fan favorite of the parade, parade as their comrades bounce on the trampolines behind them. The team efficiently set up mats and trampolines to perform at each stop along the course, before quickly packing them up to keep walking.
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Anthony Pierce, who lives in an apartment building on King Drive, poses in a ‘Cat in the Hat’ cap as he watches the Bud Billiken parade from his porch. He’s lived along the parade route for four years and enjoys “The Bud” because “it brings us together,” he said. “A lot of black people show up for this parade, considering it’s on King Drive and we’re in the lower end. But it’s for everyone. It’s a love parade.

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