disability pride nyc parade cancelled

The Disability Pride Parade is Back in NYC! Sunday, October 2, 2022

The DPNYC Parade had taken place annually in the month of the July, the anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, from 2015 through 2019. Unfortunately, the parade was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Because of the requests from New York’s Disability Community to have the parade in a cooler month, the parade was moved from July to October this year. We thank our community for this feedback and ask for more feedback to better guide us for this year’s parade and future events to maximize both the highest level of community participation while helping people stay safe as we celebrate and showcase our creativity. Please contact us to build and shape our parade at  DisabilityPrideParadePresident@Gmail.Com. 

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Geraldo Rivera’s televised expose of the horrific conditions at the Willowbrook Institution for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the 35th anniversary of its closing because of the protracted efforts and struggles of the Disability Community.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

10 A.M. Gather at Madison Square Park

Roll, Scoot, March, Ride, and Walk down Broadway to Union Square

12 noon – Union Square – Disability Pride Festival of artists, entertainers, musicians, and speakers from the Disability Community

Disability Independence Day March
– New York City, July 25, 1993
with Banner reading:
“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.