The Hare Krishna’s bring 5000 year old tradition to Bud Billiken parade

Asian Media USA ©

Chicago IL: The Bud Billiken parade is the largest Afro-American parade and the second largest parade in America next to the Rose parade. It is celebrated to honor black history and also inspire the youth to begin the next school year. Billiken is a guardian angel, a patron saint of children in Chinese mythology. The parade was initiated by Robert S. Abbott who is known as the father of black journalism. This year marked the 94th celebration of this parade.

The Bud Billiken Parade is more than a procession of bands and floats marching down King Drive, it’s a commemoration of our past and a celebration of our future. Every summer since 1929, “The Bud” has united African-Americans throughout the city of Chicago in music, dance, food, and laughter. It’s one of the only spaces where we can openly and emphatically praise the historic roots that plant us into the South Side of Chicago. This year parade was on Saturday August 12, 2023 at   E 35th St & Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Chicago, IL 60653

Throngs of people flocked together as the floats paraded down Martin Luther King Jr. drive. The parade traditionally begins in Bronzeville, at Oakwood Boulevard and ends at Garfield boulevard, 55th. street. The air was filled with youthful joy and energy. Religion, music, and dance has always been a huge part of the black culture and it was beautifully showcased on every float.

Among all the floats was a representation of the Hare Krishnas. They have a center in the south suburbs of Chicago, “The Hare Krishna Temple of the Heart,” who have been participating in the Bud Billiken parade for the last 20 years. Gaura-mani Das said, “We are grateful to be part of the parade and bring the Holy Names of God to the community.  The name of God is held in high esteem in all religions. We are representing the vedic culture which is 5000 years old.”

Srila Prabhupada came to the west to bring this culture to America in 1969 and he translated about 80 volumes of the Sanskrit texts into English. Among his major contributions were his translation of Bhagavad Gita As It Is and Srimad Bhagavatam.

“We proudly marched the streets of Chicago at the 94th annual Bud Billiken parade. We were proud to be a part of this lively celebration of culture, history, and progress” said by Lila Manjari devi dasi

The devotees brought a beautiful form of Lord Jagannatha on the float and chanted the Hare Krishna maha mantra.

Syama Priya Devi Dasi said “God is one. We are all his children. Lord Jagannatha is on our float to spread love. He is Krishna with a dark blue hue. We sing and dance to praise the Lord.”

The devotees handed out pamphlets about the significance of chanting the Holy names of the Lord and sang. The organizers thanked the Hare Krishna’s for spreading love and spirituality by their presence.

The parade ended on 55th street and with the organizers recognizing and thanking each float at their reviewing stand at 52nd street.

Photographs and Press release by: Asian Media USA

Suresh Bodiwala 

Asian Media USA

Cell: 847-420-4789    

Copyrights ©: Asian Media USA

No one shall download or otherwise duplicate the graphics, images, press release and written content from the PDF without our express written permission. Likewise, no one shall reuse the aforesaid things, as the same are the intellectual property of the Company, we hereby reserve all rights

Disclaimer: Asian Media USA

Asian Media USA press releases are event oriented and published after careful review and examination of the contents without bias or without being influenced by race, color, nationality or religious persuasion. In other words we are completely neutral according to generally accepted journalistic principles and long established conventions governing Newspaper reporting. Any use or disclosure of the contents of either is unauthorized and may be unlawful. All liability for viruses is excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender, except where the sender states them, with requisite authority, to be those of the Asian Media USA. If for any reason including but not limited to prior written authorization, Newspaper or similar entity do not give the credit for the content and photographs, Asian Media USA reserve right to take legal action to prosecute for violating copy right law to the fullest extent of the law.