Yesterday, August 12th, Chicago held their 88th annual Bud Billiken Day Parade, created by Robert S. Abbott, who also founded the Black-owned The Chicago Defender newspaper. The festivities are also known as the “largest African-American parade in the nation” and serves as the city’s official back-to-school parade.
The People’s champ and BET Humanitarian awardee Chance the Rapper, known for his generous donations to the city of Chicago, was invited to lead the parade as the grand marshal, and according to ABC 7 Chicago, Chano and his SocialWorks non-profit organization donated “30,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to children.”
During the parade, Chance, much to the surprise of fans in attendance, passed out free tickets for what he dubbed as his #BBBash, which went down at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre last night.
“I’m handing out free tickets, all day long,” Chance told ABC 7. “I wanted to make sure I could identify those teachers that support our youth, that build our children up. All those fathers that are out here with their families, the cornerstones of their houses, bringing their families out. I want to make sure I can identify y’all so my people can get you some free tickets.”
As expected, the night brought out a few special guests which Chance teased earlier, including Future, who performed “Commas” and Jeremih who rocked the stage with a performance of “Birthday Sex.” According to some reports, MadeinTYO also hit the stage to perform.
Watch a few fan-captured clips below.
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The show also featured a VIP, President Barack Obama, who praised the rapper in a pre-recorded message, captured by FakeShoreDrive’s Andrew Barber.
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