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!

Mike and Mary LeDonne in the first annual disability pride parade

Second Annual Disability Pride Parade

Disability Pride Parade poster 2016

DATE OF PARADE: July 10th, 10am

Parade start: Union Square Park (E 16th St and Union Square West)

Parade end: Madison Square Park (E 27th St and Madison Ave)

Register for parade here

AAR customers making reservations to attend July 10th festivities, please ask reservationist to use addresses in Places File for either:

.       ‘Disability Pride Parade – Union Square Park’ (E 16th St and Union Square West) or 
.       ‘Disability Pride Parade – Madison Square Park’ (E 27th St and Madison Ave).

Reservations can be made 1 – 2 days in advance by calling 1-877-337-2017 and pressing prompt #2.
AAR strongly suggest, that AAR customers please call in their reservations rather than going On-line and using MMT (Manager My Trips can only book trips to addresses, not cross-streets).  This will assure consistency in service for those using AAR to attending the festivities.

Last year’s parade:

Disability Pride Parade 2015 Disability Pride Parade 2015

Jazz Legends for Disability Pride banner

Jazz Legends for Disability Pride

Jazz Legends for Disability Pride is a fund raiser Jazz concert on Jan 14, 2016 in partnership with the 2016 NYC Winter Jazz Fest. Jazz greats like Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, Monty Alexander, Harold Mabern George Coleman,Buster Williams, Louis Hayes, Bill Charlap and many others will be featured. Because of this fund raiser last year Disability Pride NYC was able to realize the first annual Disability Pride Parade in New York City held on July 12, 2015. This is a night of music you will never forget because you will be part of something much deeper than simply a Jazz concert. You will experience a night of music that features the finest Jazz musicians in the world coming together and donating their talents in support of a very important and worthy cause. When that happens there’s a depth that is added to the music, and the night, that is truly unique.

Disability Pride NYC is a not for profit started by Jazz pianist/organist Mike LeDonne whose 11 year old daughter, Mary, is disabled. Our goal is to instill a sense of pride in the community and change the public perception of people with disabilities. One of the ways we will accomplish this goal is by establishing an annual Disability Pride parade in New York City. We aim to support people with disabilities in whatever way we can.

The concert will take place from 6:30PM – 9:30 PM at The Quaker Friends Meeting Hall, 15 Rutherford Pl. All ticket purchases are tax deductible. For additional info please visit the Winter Jazz Fest website or call LPR’s Box Office 212.505.3474.

Here is the ticket link for the concert: https://www.ticketprophet.com/events/10192/orders/new

Jazz Legends for Disability pride Poster