Youth advocates ready to roll in 2012 Bud Billiken Parade

photo from the Bud Billiken Parade
On August 11, Access Living will participate for the first time in the oldest and largest African American parade in the United States, the annual Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic. Founded in 1929, the Bud Billiken Parade occurs on the second Saturday of August each year. The parade serves as a celebration of education, the return of the school year, and Chicago youth.

This year, Candice Coleman, Access Living’s Youth Community Development Organizer, made sure the organization had a presence amongst the 300 or more floats in the parade. As a result, Access Living will be the only center for independent living in the parade. At the parade, Candace will give voice and bring awareness to the disability community, and will outreach for Access Living’s youth programs. “It’s important for us to be in the parade, to raise awareness about the disability community and to show other youth with disabilities what is available to them,” says Coleman. “This really helps us get our name out there.”

For more information about the parade, go to or to find out how you can get involved with Access Living and the parade, contact Candice Coleman at 312-640-2128 or

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