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Center seeks Billiken parade volunteers
2018-07-25

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LGBT facility Center on Halsted is marching in the Bud Billiken Parade this year on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m.—and is looking for volunteers to represent the Center while handing out materials to community members.

As the largest African-American parade in the United States ( and the largest one in Chicago ), the Bud Billiken Parade has grown into an institution with generational participation across the country. The parade—which began Aug. 11, 1929—was intended to be a symbol of pride, happiness and hope, as well as represented unity in diversity for the children of Chicago.

This year's theme is "Back to School, Back to Work, Back to Life, Back to Bud," with an '80s/'90s-themed festival after the parade with plenty of food and games. The parade is routed south on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, through the historic Bronzeville neighborhood, into Washington Park.

Those interested in volunteering should email JoannaThompson@centeronhalsted.org or visit docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0XKmuiEjx42tbM_8nf5fOyBuThQdxAFiDH-tRwBg_-6U0mQ/viewform .


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