Disability Pride Parade NYC 2018 Recap
On July 15, 2018, people with and without disabilities took to the streets of New York to participate in the Disability Pride Parade. With countless disability rights organizations, companies, and thousands of participants present, New York City’s 4th annual Disability Pride Parade did not disappoint.
The Parade kicked off in Madison Square Park and moved along 5th avenue to Union Square Park. As participants walked, rolled and made their way along the route, Diversability’s group rallied together, showcasing the power of community.
While about two dozen of our community members attended in person, people with disabilities from across the country were represented in the event. In conjunction with Suffering the Silence’s Marching With Me program, Diversability community members were paired with a community member who was too ill or otherwise unable to attend the event. Through the partnership, marchers who chose to participate were provided with banners depicting the person that they were "marching with", which they could attach to their clothing.
First-time attendee Selma Sulejman shared that participating in the Marching With Me program enhanced her experience because it made the event accessible for those who were unable to join in person.
“I truly enjoyed myself and am looking forward to what next year has to bring. The Disability Pride Parade is nothing short of joy, hope, intersectionality, and love,” Selma shared.
From festivities following the parade to enjoying the community spirit throughout the walk, Disability Pride NYC truly had something for everyone. Whether community members went for the giveaways, the opportunity to connect with the community, or the ability to represent another through Marching With Me, Diversability participants collectively enjoyed themselves, and we cannot wait to see what next year brings.
For more photos from the event, make sure to explore those attached below or check out our Facebook album. We are so grateful that Jen Brister from Story & Gold was willing to take the time to photograph our group at the parade!