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.

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