BRONZEVILLE — The annual Bud Billiken Parade has plenty of music, tumbling and dancing, but for some it’s not just about the fun.
The parade, a centerpiece of the black community for generations, took over King Drive from 35th Street to 51st Street. It took on new meaning this year after Chicago Public Schools announced the closing of 50 schools in May.
A slew of dignitaries, including Grand Marshal Yohannes Abraham, a special assistant to President Barack Obama; Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Pat Quinn, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts and others, marched to promote the value of education.