New Yorkers Celebrate First Disability Pride Parade

On Sunday, July 12th, New York City hosted its first annual Disability Pride Parade. Over 3,000 members of the disability community took over Broadway to champion equal access, and to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Crowds cheered enthusiastically as participants passed by.

A woman and her service dog march in the parade.
The Accessibility Pride Parade had over 3,000 participants. (Photo Credit: Equal Entry)

Mayor Bill de Blasio was in attendance, telling reporters he was proud his city is a national leader in supporting rights for disabled people. He declared July “Disability Pride Month,” and pledged greater progress on accessible taxis.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks with people in the street
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Photo Credit: Equal Entry)

The parade grand marshal was former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who sponsored ADA legislation. Many business allies to the disability community — such as CityMouse — were on hand as well.

CityMouse employees marching in the parade, carrying a banner that says CityMouse.
CityMouse employees show their support. (Photo Credit: Equal Entry)

The parade’s strong attendance and enthusiastic reception have helped to ensure it will be back next summer and the summer after.