The Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic is the oldest and largest African American parade in the United States. During the Great Depression, the fictional Bud Billiken character from a Chicago newspaper served as a symbol of pride, happiness and hope for black residents. The focus of the parade is getting kids ready for school. The parade features celebrities, politicians, businessmen, civic organizations and youth. It occurs in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side and concludes in Washington Park.
Chicago’s Peace Corps Office is organizing Volunteers to march in the parade again this year, and would like as many RPCVs as possible! To RSVP, please contact Nicole from the Peace Corps Office at (312) 353 1154.