Above are a few images from the Englewood Back to School Parade.
Yesterday morning we had the honor of attending the Dignitary Breakfast at Kennedy King College’s own restaurant, Sikia before the kickoff of the 54th Annual Englewood Back to School Parade. It started out stormy and gray, but that did nothing to dampen the spirit of the great folks who came out to celebrate and give back to the Englewood community. At the breakfast we were introduced to many of the incredible people doing wonderful things in Englewood, many of whom were sponsors for the parade. The Pittman family was in attendance. Willie Pittman was the founder of the Englewood Back to School Parade, which celebrated it’s 54th year this year. There was an award given in his name at the breakfast. The food was provided by Whole Foods, one of the sponsors of the parade.
Following the breakfast, it was officially time for the parade. With a route that wove through the streets of Englewood, ending up at Ogden Park, it was a great thing to see. So many awesome floats and performers walked along giving a great show to people who lined the streets. There were giveaways and stops along the way featuring tumbling by the Jesse White Tumblers, a performance by the South Shore Drill Team, and many others.
Following the parade everyone congregated in Ogden Park to continue the fun. The performances continued and people packed the park to see. There was a bouncy house and slide set up for the kids, as well as a circus. WGCI was on deck broadcasting live with Leon Rogers and Tone Kapone in attendance. At the WGCI/iHeartRadio table they handed out free school supplies for the kids. White Castle was there handing out sliders, as well as the free hotdogs and chips served and provided by Whole Foods. There was music and fun for everybody in attendance as the clouds parted and the sunshine came out. It was an incredible event for the entire community. It was another peaceful party in Englewood.
We have to send a special shoutout to the organizers of the Englewood Back to School parade. Huge thanks to Nicole Vaughn & Sandra Streeter for their hardwork in putting everything together and putting the word out. Thanks to all of the volunteers who took out the time to help make sure that this awesome event was put together. Of course major thanks to the sponsors and contributors: We R Englewood, 107.5 WGCI, V103, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Howard Brown Health 63rd St, Cortri Trotter Productions, The Leading Ladies of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Whole Foods, Ogden Park Advisory Council, iHeart Media Chicago, Inspiration 1390AM, Black McDonalds’ Organization of America, L.A.N.E.S, Picture Perfect Photography, Bridging The Gap Globally, White Castle, US Bank, Englewood Square, Teamwork Englewood, Calahan Funeral Home, Building Blocks Learning Academy, Alderman David Moore, R.A.G.E., Sam’s Club, Bridgescape, Sushi by Dook, DLG Injury and Disability Attorney, I Grow Chicago, 89.3 WKKC, Marquette Bank, Greater Englewood Development Corporation, House of Ntruth, and yours truly, Can I Talk My Ish.
We cannot wait until next year for the 55th annual parade. We know it will be even bigger and better. Shout out to the Englewood community and let’s continue to give back to the great people who live there.