I will be postponing this Saturday’s “A Little Service, A Little Brunch” because The Red Pump Project will be marching in the Bud Billiken Parade this Saturday! The historical parade celebrates its 80th anniversary this year and is the nation’s oldest and largest African-American parade. We are sooo honored and excited to be a part of this event! I can still remember marching as a child through my old neighborhood. The excitement as my mother brushed our hair, dressed us, and lined us up to march with the other kids. Started in 1929 as a way for the Chicago Defender to celebrate its’ paperboys, the parade has marked the unofficial back-to-school season for generations of African-Americans in Chicago since then.
If you’re in Chicago, the parade will travel south along M.L. King Drive beginning at Oakwood Blvd and ending at Washington Park. The city expects 1 million people to line the parade route and attend the post-parade picniv in Washington Park, so make sure that you are there in time to enjoy the festivities!
Head on over to my Examiner page to learn about the $300K in scholarship dollars to be awarded to Chicago students this year through the Chicago Defender charities. Family fun and college funding in one. Doesn’t get any better, folks!