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Bud Billiken Parade: Walk with Center on Halsted

Center on Halsted is proud to participate in this years Bud Billiken Parade on Saturday, August 11th at 10am!

As the largest African-American parade in the United States, the Bud Billiken Parade has grown into an institution with generational participation across the country. The parade, which began on August 11, 1929, was intended to be a symbol of pride, happiness and hope, and represented unity in diversity for the children of Chicago. Having education-first roots, the parade kicks off the school year with high energy and ethusiasm.

The parade is routed south on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, through the historic Bronzeville neighborhood, into Washington Park. This year’s theme is, “Back to School, Back to Work, Back to Life, Back to Bud,” with a fun 80’s/90’s themed festival during and after the parade in Washington Park with plenty of food and games. Center on Halsted is focusing its representation on LGBTQ youth as they prepare to get back to school, back to work, and back to life!

If you would like to join us, please RSVP to this event and complete the following link:


* A bus leaving Center on Halsted will be providing transportation for 55 people to and from from the parade. We will meet at 8am at Center on Halsted and leave by 8:30am to head to the parade location. If you would like to be on the bus leaving from COH, please e-mail Joanna Thompson, Director of Racial Equity and Inclusion, at joannathompson@centeronhalsted.org.

* If you are using your own method of transportation, please meet Center on Halsted at the Marianos on 3857 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Any further questions may be directed to Joanna Thompson, Director of Racial Equity and Inclusion, at joannathompson@centeronhalsted.org.

August 11 2018


Date: August 11
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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