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  • Crowds take in 84th annual Bud Billiken Parade

    Crowds take in 84th annual Bud Billiken Parade
    With the city's first day of school still a couple weeks away, the 84th annual Bud Billiken Parade rung in the new school year Saturday with the traditional stream of politicians, marching bands, tumblers, dancers and the occasional cartoon character.
  • A can't-miss part of summer

    A can't-miss part of summer
    When the 83rd Bud Billiken Parade steps off on Saturday, it will be hard to underplay the importance of the event for Chicago's African-American community — and the whole city. But at its roots, it's a parade, and kids love a parade. Chicago...

    Founding of the Chicago Defender

    Founding of the Chicago Defender
    A European visitor observed in 1891 how few blacks there were in Chicago and opined that "the severity of the climate repels the Africans." It was the genius of Robert S. Abbott, who on this date published the first edition of the Chicago Defender, to...

    Bud Billiken Parade starts back-to-school season

    Bud Billiken Parade starts back-to-school season
    The annual Bud Billiken Parade today signaled the coming end of summer with a new mayor and the same spirit that has brought music, food and old-fashioned politicking to Bronzeville for 82 years. The parade, meant to get kids ready for school, was Rahm...