Last year’s 93rd annual Bud Billiken Parade and Festival was a joyous celebration that brought together the City of Chicago in a glorious display of love and peace. The vibrant parade, held on King Drive, featured nearly 200 talented participants from the Bud Billiken Performing Arts League, including marching bands, drill teams, dance teams, tumblers, and other gifted performers. The Parade and Festival biggest highlight was the intense competition that took place among the groups in four distinct categories: Drill, Dance, Band, and Cheer. As the competition was fierce, the judges had a daunting task of selecting the finalists from each area. Performing Teams were evaluated based on criteria such as Music, Marching, Spacing, Synchronization, Choreography, Execution, Technique, Equipment Difficulty, Uniforms, Overall Showmanship, Parade Flow, Adherence, and Behavior. The Bud Billiken Parade and Festival remains a powerful source of inspiration for the community, showcasing the incredible talent and passion of the gifted youth performers. We are excited to announce this year’s Bud Billiken Parade Winners in the Categories of Drill, Dance, Band, and Cheer. Congratulations!!!

Below are the winning teams in each category in order of ranking:

Drill Teams
South Shore Drill Team
Golden Knight Drill Team
New Generation Fancy Drill Team

Dance Teams
The Empiire Dance Team
Astronaut Flee Dance Team
Dance Force Dance Team

Rich Township H.S. Marching Band
Thornwood H.S. Marching Band
Kenwood Academy H.S. Marching Band

Chi Town Cheerleaders
Diamond Wildcats All Stars
KIPP Bloom Primary Cheer Team