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Englewood Back-To-School Parade Celebrates 55 Years

 The 55th Annual Englewood Back-to-School Parade will take place Aug. 19.
The 55th Annual Englewood Back-to-School Parade will take place Aug. 19.
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ENGLEWOOD — The 55th annual Englewood Back-to-School Parade will take place Aug. 19.

The parade procession will begin at 10:30 a.m. at 57th and Halsted streets. Group registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on the corner of 56th and Halsted. Registration, which is free, ends at 10 a.m. Organizers said they're looking for marching bands, tumbling teams, dancers, drum lines, organizations and more.

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The parade route heads down Halsted then goes west on 67th St. to Throop and then north on Throop toward Ogden Park, 6500 S. Racine Ave., where there will be a picnic. There will be backpacks and school supplies, entertainment, activities for children and giveaways.

This parade, started by Willie Pittman in 1963, is the second oldest African-American parade in Chicago. Pittman wanted to give Englewood’s young people an alternative to the gangs and other negative influences. After a two-year hiatus, Vaughn and Maurice “Pha Tal” Perkins brought it back in 2014.

Sponsorship packages are available. Visit the website at www.englewoodparade.org.