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True Star Spreads Content, Culture, And Life At The Bud

Parade watchers enjoy their copies of True Star Jr. Magazine during the 90th Bud Billiken Parade celebration. Photo: Cierra Lemott

You already know Truestar had to represent at Chicago’s 90th annual Bud Billiken Parade this year. I’ve been with Truestar since the summer of 2017 and this year was my second year being in the parade with the foundation. Though it can be extremely long and tiring doing all the walking in the hot sun, I always have a good time. I’ll definitely be in it again. It’s something I love most about the city. We can take a day to put all the shenanigans aside and just enjoy ourselves.

What I enjoy most every year at the parade is all the dance teams and the bands. They’re really the glue of the whole parade and it wasn’t much different this year. These groups always bring out all the good energy from the crowd and it’s just nice to see all the talent in the city being put on display. “I liked the artistic atmosphere of the music and dancing,” said Aaron Mitchell, an incoming senior at Brooks College Prep.

I’ve been living in Chicago my whole life, and it isn’t uncommon for the city to be talked down on and given a bad reputation for negative occurrences, but no one ever seems to mention all the good there is here, like the parade. This is a positive thing for all the kids and families to come out and enjoy together. This year the energy wasn’t at an all time high, but you could tell the crowd still had a good time.

Ja’Mal Green rides on the True Star mobile during the Bud. Photo: Cierra Lemott

While we were there, we came across a lot of kids and parents who we gave magazines and water bottles to. They seemed to enjoy our gifts and it was fun to interact with the people we were passing. I feel good knowing we were creating a larger audience by informing people about what True Star is and what we do.

I have a feeling that next year’s parade is going to be even bigger and better than it has been in the last couple years just for the simple fact that the year will be 2020. I’m almost 100 percent sure that planning for next year is already in the works and I can’t wait to see what amazing things we’ll get to see at the 91st annual Bud Billiken Parade.


By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep

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Cierra Lemott

Written by Cierra Lemott

I'm a professional procrastinator and my hobbies include sleeping, eating, and Netflix binging.

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