Welcome to the 2015 Annual Disability Pride Parade in Chicago!
Please read our Mission Statement
We are excited to welcome visitors from across the country once again for a fantastic day of fun, friends, and of course, disability pride. Are you ready to kick off on July 18? This will be a parade like none other… This year, for the first time, we’ll be marching right on Chicago’s famous State Street!
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Anniversary
It’s a great year to celebrate. 2015 is the 25 th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark civil rights law passed in 1990 by a coalition of determined people with disabilities and allies. The Disability Pride Parade is pleased to be part of Chicagoland’s ADA 25 effort, supported by the Chicago Community Trust.
US Senator Tom Harkin 2015 Parade Marshall
This year, our Grand Marshal is U.S. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, a great champion of the ADA and a tremendous champion of people with disabilities everywhere. Senator Harkin just retired from the U.S. Senate last year. He has many times given moving and personal testimony about his personal investment in disability rights as the brother of a Deaf man. Over the course of the last forty years, Senator Harkin has proven time and again that he is a singularly committed ally and friend to us all. We are so excited to have Senator Harkin with us this year!
Parade will host ROAD TO FREEDOM bus
We will also be hosting the ADA Legacy Tour’s Road to Freedom Bus! This bus has traveled all over the U.S. teaching people about the ADA and serving as a rallying point for disability communities nationwide. Bring your family and friends and help them learn all about the ADA!
Annual Disability Pride Open MIC Friday Evening before Parade
Don’t forget, we will also be hosting the annual Disability Pride Open Mic Night on the evening of Friday, July 17. We will post more details about this soon.
Justin Dart Puppet to March in Parade
Finally, we will once again be hosting the Justin Dart Puppet. This is an amazing, larger-than-life puppet of “The Father of the ADA.” A creation of the Matrix Theater in Detroit, people of all ages will enjoy seeing Justin and his cowboy hat out on the streets of Chicago, continuing to fight for disability rights.
March or Sponsor the Parade...
To MARCH in the parade click on REGISTER NOW; To SPONSOR the parade, click on SPONSOR THE PARADE in the left-hand menu. Remember, the Parade is for anyone who wants to come out and celebrate disability pride. Let’s make the POWER happen!