Bud Billiken Parade 2018

Nothing says Back-to-School and family like Chicago’s annual Bud Billiken Parade, one of the nation’s oldest and largest parades. Come march with Team GirlTrek as we participate for the 2nd year, alongside dynamic drill teams, dancers, and floats. Fun for the entire family! For more information please visit https://www.budbillikenparade.org/.


The parade is a long morning that will start early. Participants are asked to arrive early, so there will be some time spent waiting at the start of the parade route.

Meeting time and location:  Participants will meet at 7am at the Oakwood Community Center, 3825 S. Vincennes Ave. (the building will be open as early as 6:30am). Everyone will walk over to the start of the Parade route staging area together. WE ARE REQUIRED TO BE AT THE PARADE STAGING AREA BY 8:15AM. GirlTrek is #82, so we are in the first wave of participants.

WEAR:  Your Superhero Blue, of course!  All participants must wear an official GirlTrek shirt (any style); black bottoms. Need to order a shirt?  Shop HERE: https://shop.girltrek.org

CAPTURE:  We love seeing your photos and videos! Please use hashtag #GirlTrek #BacktoBud and #BudBilliken

Contact:  Tara Campbell, 773-642-5547


TIME: 10AM - 1:30PM *There is a festival in Washington Park afterward 1pm-4pm

ROUTE: South on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, starting from Oakwood Boulevard to 51st Street​; Continuing on Elsworth Drive (in Washington Park) from 51st Street to Garfield Boulevard (55th St.); Ending on Garfield Boulevard (55th St.) and Elsworth Drive


August 11, 2018
7am - 1pm


Oakwood Community Center
3825 S Vincennes Ave
Chicago, IL 60653
United States
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Sandria Washington


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