Bud Billiken Parade marks 90 years: ‘I’ve been coming as long as I can remember being alive’
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Pat Nabong/For The Sun-Times

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and thousands more turned out Saturday morning for the 90th run of Chicago’s nationally renowned African American back-to-school parade that is also a family tradition. The grills were fired up. The marching bands were playing. The drill teams were dancing.

The air smelled like charcoal as the sun radiated down on thousands of black Chicagoans.

It was 1959 — the year of the 30th annual Bud Billiken Parade — but the first for then...

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