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Bud Billiken Parade Re-invigorated, Organizers Say

August 10, 2018 - 5:13 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line King Drive and fill Washington Park Saturday for the annual Bud Billiken Parade and Festival. 

At the age of 89, it's getting a bit of a makeover. Chicago Defender Charities President/CEO Myiti Sengstacke White says the parade and hundreds of picnics remain, along with marching band, drill team and dance team competitions.

"People love them, absolutely," she said.

Sengstacke says she is adding a mini job fair and a renewed emphasis on health and wellness resources  -- or, as she puts it, "Back to school. Back to work. Back to life. And back to Bud.       

You can also expect DJs in Washington Park playing '80s and '90s favorites.

The parade steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the route remains the same: King Drive from Oakwood Boulevard to 51st Street and through  Washington Park to Garfield. 

The parade is expected to last for about 3 1/2 hours, and the Washington Park festival will continue until at least 5 p.m.