T.I. and his wife Tiny on the parade route at The Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.

T.I. and his wife Tiny were among the many celebrities, politicians and community activists who flooded Chicago’s 83rd Annual Bud Billiken back to school parade. Billiken is a fictional character that was published in the Chicago Defender newspaper; Billiken urged Chicago students to return to school.

 

 

Miss Black Chicago at the Bud Billiken 83rd Annual Parade VIP Breakfast in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.

Miss Black Chicago Ameshia Cross will host Chicago's 50 Most Wanted event tonight.

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The Bud Billiken 83rd Annual Parade VIP Breakfast in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson
Miss Black Chicago at the Bud Billiken 83rd Annual Parade VIP Breakfast in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Miss Black Chicago at the Bud Billiken 83rd Annual Parade VIP Breakfast in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Miss Black Chicago at the Bud Billiken 83rd Annual Parade VIP Breakfast in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Miss Black Chicago at the Bud Billiken 83rd Annual Parade VIP Breakfast in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
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Illinois State Representative Marcus C. Evans Jr. is flanked by Tim Williams and a colleague.
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
Juan B. Kirkman, Director of Business Travel and Entertainment Sales, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, and Natina Nimene, Midwest/Ohio Valley Regional Atlantic Records. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Shannon Brown
R&B diva Monica
Carl West and his daughter Carly
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83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
Col. Eugene Scott of the Chicago Defender Charities.
Kathy Chaney of the Chicago Defender.
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago.
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
Ald. Pat Dowell at the 83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
NFL celeb Otis Wilson
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
Gov. Pat Quinn at the 83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
Grand Marshal of the Bud Billiken Parade.
TI at the Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and TI at the Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and TI at the Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
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Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Congressman Danny K. Davis
Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
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Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Pam Morris Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
Bud billiken Parade in Chicago.
The Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
The Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.
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Ald. Robert Fioretti at the Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. Photo: Zondra Hughes.