The day started with a parade, and it’s going to end with a concert.

Serving as the grand marshal of the Bud Billiken Parade, 24-year-old Chance the Rapper gave away more free gifts than promised. Not only did he hand out 30,000 backpacks filled with supplies to kids attending the parade, he announced a free concert Saturday evening at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.

Tickets were available at locations around the city, but fans grabbed them all within an hour of their release.

Chance said fans will still have opportunities to get into the concert, telling his Twitter followers to “stay tuned.”

Chance, whose given name is Chancellor Bennett, had been gearing up for the parade all week on Twitter. His youth empowerment charity, SocialWorks, teamed up with STATE Bags to give 30,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to Chicago students.

Backpacks were still available in Washington Park about an hour after the official end of the parade.


During the parade, Chance sat atop a white convertible waving at the crowds during the 88th annual back-to-school event as elected officials and those hoping to get elected in 2018 followed behind.

Chance fit into the year’s theme, “honoring our hometown heroes.”

The event started at King Drive and Oakwood Boulevard.

From there, marchers headed south, ending at Garfield Boulevard and Elsworth Drive.

On Friday night, Chance tweeted:


He also was re-tweeting other parade-goers’ tweets Saturday morning:


Sponsored by Chicago Defender Charities, the annual parade has featured President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan in years past.

Some of Chance’s other tweets from during the week:




After the parade, there were giveaways and other events in Washington Park, which is southeast of King Drive and 51st Street.