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!

Jazz Legends for Disability Pride

Jazz Legends Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Brad Mehldau, Jimmy Cobb, Harold Mabern, George Coleman, Bill Charlap and others will be heating up the Quaker Friends Meeting Hall on January 8th at Jazz Legends for Disability Pride, a fundraising jazz concert for the Disability Pride Parade celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July, 2015.

Disability Pride NYC is a non-profit started by Mike LeDonne who’s 10 year old daughter is disabled. Our goal is to establish an annual Disability Pride parade in New York City and to support people with disabilities in whatever way we can. The first one will be held July 12, 2015 here in NYC. This will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the signing of the American’s with Disability Act (ADA) in 1990 by President George Herbert Walker Bush.

The concert will take place from 7PM – 9:30 PM at The Quaker Friends Meeting Hall 15 Rutherford Pl. which is near 15th Street and 3rd Ave. All ticket purchases are tax deductible. For tickets, contact Le Poisson Rouge.