For the first time in its 85 year history, gunfire rung out along the route of the Bud Billiken parade Saturday.
Chicago police say two teens were shot, after a group approached one of the victims, an 18- year-old and words were exchanged. Someone in the group pulled out a gun and shot the 18-year-old in his arm. A 17-year-old hit in the hand by a bullet, plus a graze wound to his backside.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel pointed out today tens of thousands of people enjoyed the celebration of the new school year. Organizers of the parade were upset the shooting overshadowed the otherwise positive celebration.
“The shooting was one tenth of one percent of what occurred yesterday,” said parade director Beverly Reed Scott. “99.9% of the parade was the most awesome that I have seen.”
The shooting was the first in the parade’s long and beloved history. It happened close to the route where thousands of families and children were enjoying the festivities
It was the largest crowd in the parade’s history. Estimates put it at a million people watching and 60,000 participating, most of them children and young adults from 3 to 16 years old.
The parade sponsors give out $1.5 million dollars in scholarships. School supplies were passed out along the route. It’s the city’s education parade.