- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Recording artist Chaka Khan says taking part in Chicago’s annual Bud Billiken Parade is like “a big homecoming” and brings back childhood memories.

She served as grand marshal of the parade Saturday and told WBBM-AM (http://cbsloc.al/1nD0rZn ) she felt honored. The Grammy-winning Chicago native says she remembers as a child her father holding her on his shoulders so she could watch the parade.

Gov. Pat Quinn declared Saturday “Chaka Khan Day” in Illinois and says he plans to attend her concert Saturday evening in Chicago.

Bud Billiken is the nation’s oldest African-American parade. It was founded by Robert S. Abbott, founder of the Chicago Defender newspaper, to organize the youth who sold the paper.

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