CHICAGO — Chance the Rapper is giving away 30,000 free backpacks to Bud Billiken parade goers on Saturday, Aug 12th.  

 In a March post on Instagram, Chance said he was also "coordinating" the parade as its grand marshal.

 "You know what that means. I'm putting it together," Chance said. "It means me and my friends gonna pull up, we gonna do some giveaways."

He later made an announcement on twitter sharing his plans to give out free backpacks.


The Bud Biliken Parade is the oldest and largest African American parade in the United States and is held to kick off the school year. The parade starts at Martin Luther King Drive and Oakwood Boulevard in the city's Bronzeville neighborhood and runs south on MLK Drive from about 39th Street to 55th Street.   Chance doesn't seem to be giving too many details of his plans, but he is encouraging everyone to come and is hinting to having a few big surprises!

????TAKE ALL YOUR LIL COUSINS TO THE BUD CUZ THAT WHAT BIG COUSINS DO ????????— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) August 8, 2017  

 This news has everyone on Twitter leaving promises that they're showing up!  So get there early if you're planning to stop by!! Shout out to Chance for bringing so much light and excitement to the south side of Chicago and to the legendary Bud Billiken Parade!  





The parade kicks off 10 a.m. Saturday at Oakwood Boulevard and King Drive. It ends at Garfield Boulevard and Elsworth Drive. Show up if you're in the Chicagoland area to find out what the remaining surprise is! We're curious! We know you are too. …and let's be honest, if Chance is putting it together, we're sure it's going to be good!  Just get there early!