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It is with a heavy heart that the organizers of the 2022 Disability Pride NYC Parade and Festival have made the decision to cancel the Sunday, October 2nd Disability Pride Parade  in consultation with NYC safety experts for similar large-scale events.

The parade, which was set to return Sunday, October 2nd after a two-year break due to COVID-19, is canceled due to the weather forecast. While the forecast predicts heavy rains on Saturday and may rain Sunday, our larger concern is for extremely high winds – at least 30 MPH wind gusts in the area on Sunday.

Additionally, we are fortunate to have guidance alerting us that the weather on Saturday and Sunday may impact transportation including possible disruption due to flooding for bus and subway service and an inability for Access-A-Ride to have their usual in-person presence at the parade.

Many in our communities may not be able to attend. If there is any theme to this year’s parade, it is “Nothing about Us, Without Us” and the parade should be inclusive and accessible to all.

There are take-aways that we have learned during the pandemic that the future of everything now includes virtual. We’ll be reaching out to you shortly with a virtual plan for Sunday, October 2nd.

So this year let’s celebrate together and share resources — including information from the 50 disability organizations, City Agencies, youth groups and the Department of Education who registered for tables at the festival –  just online.

CANCELLED! – 6th Annual Disability Pride NYC Parade

(4 pictures from the 2019 disability pride nyc parade. 1 picture showing a crowd of people of all ages, some in wheelchairs and some standing, with blue t shirts on holding balloons, another showing 2 men marching in the parade carrying a banner that says Disability Pride NYC on it with a huge crowd of people behind them, a 3rd picture of 3 people, a man and a woman in wheelchairs and and a woman standing behind them. The 2 in the wheelchairs are sitting next to each other wearing sunglasses and putting their heads together and they are all smiling. The woman behind them has her arms around them. A 4th picture showing a young girl in an orange T shirt sitting on her father’s lap, he is wearing a blue shirt and a grey hat and sitting in a wheelchair, they’re both smiling)

Disability Pride New York City poster announcing that the parade is cancelled due to the virus

2020 Disability Pride NYC Parade is Cancelled due to COVID 19

We are very sad to announce that after studying all the information about coronavirus and checking with the Mayor’s Office and other professionals, the DPNYC Board has voted unanimously that, due to the extreme risk to the health and safety of this community caused by COVID 19, there was no other choice other than cancel the 2020 Disability Pride NYC Parade.

Even if by some miracle the number of infected were to begin to subside this summer, due to social distancing, the virus will still be out there and once people start to go out again they can get sick again. There are also reports predicting a possible phase 2 of the virus come fall so simply rescheduling the parade was not an option.

This was the hardest decision we have ever had to make but the safety of the disability community is always our first concern.

The parade will be back next year bigger, stronger, and more joyful than ever so don’t lose those smiling faces and please stay safe!

2019 Disability Pride Parade: SUNDAY JULY 14th

(poster picturing 2 young ladies in wheelchairs facing backwards. One is wearing a T shirt with awesome spelled out in capitol letters on the back and the words shining star beneath their picture. Text says The fifth annual Disability Pride NYC Parade Sunday July 14th. The parade is featuring the creativity of the community so floats, costumes, decorated wheelchairs, creative hairstyles, umbrellas, T shirts etc…. are encouraged. There will be awards handed out for creativity at the the festival. Gathering at Madison Sq at 10AM, Parade proceeds down broadway at 11AM to Union Sq, Festival at Union Sq from noon to 3PM.)

new york city disability pride parade 2019 poster

Let your Star Shine and participate in our CREATIVITY theme at this year’s parade. Costumes, floats, hats, T-shirts, wheelchairs etc… are all encouraged. Let your imagination run wild. There will be awards handed out for the most creative ideas.