Chance Snap-chatting with his fans – (Photo Credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

Chicago’s Bud Billiken Day Parade is the longest running back to school parade in America and in its 88th year it still represents hope and the value of education. Hometown hero Chance the Rapper was grand marshal this year and gave out 30,000 backpacks at the parade.

@chancetherapper Grand Marshall of #BudBilliken parade in Chicago @rollingout 📹@precise_chi

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After giving out backpacks, Chance announced he would be giving a free concert later in in the evening. All of the tickets were snatched up in a matter of 30 minutes.

The Bud Billiken Day parade was founded in 1929 by Robert Sengstake Abbott, founder of the Chicago Defender, on Aug.11, 1929. It’s a back to school parade and serves as a celebration for the children around Chicago. This multigenerational affair creates smiles wide enough to shine for days.

Take a look at a few pics of the parade below.

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Chance the Rapper arriving at the Bud Billiken Day Parade - Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre

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Chance was Grand Marshall at 88th Annual Bud Billiken Day Parade - Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre

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Chance joining his fellow Sox fans on their float - Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre

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Chance posing for selfies with his fans - Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre

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Chance was Grand Marshall at 88th Annual Bud Billiken Day Parade - Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre

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One of the reciepients of the 30k backpacks given out by Chance and Social Works at the Bud Billiken Day Parade - Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre

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Taylor Bennett on his float at The Bud Billiken Day Parade - Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre

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Eddy "Precise" Lamarre

Eddy Lamarre aka Precise is a father, emcee, motivational speaker, blogger and performing artist. Follow his blog at precisemuzic.com

  • BigDaddy Butta

    I love my city. Shout out to Chance doing great things. Chi-Town Stand Up!

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