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

New York Times article on DPNYC

In July, a month after the Gay Pride March is scheduled to unfold, a different kind of pride procession is set to commence: the Disability Pride NYC parade.

The impetus behind the inaugural march, which organizers call the first of its kind in New York City, might seem unlikely: the jazz pianist Mike LeDonne.

Mr. LeDonne, a fixture on the city’s jazz scene for decades, said he has been working for several years to create an annual Disability Pride Day and parade to shine a spotlight on people with mental and physical disabilities.

“Actually, she’s the reason for the parade,” said Mr. LeDonne, 58, pointing to his daughter, Mary, 10, inside their apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. She was on the floor, cradling a musical toy, and repeatedly pressing its buttons to hear a variety of tinny melodies.

Mary was born with Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic disorder that has left her developmentally disabled and without speech. She is legally blind and often uses a wheelchair.

Read the full article here…

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.