Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the date and time of the 2020 Disability Pride Parade?
Parade date is to be announced. Parade steps off promptly at 11 a.m.
- How much does it cost to participate in the Parade?
There is no registration fee. However, if people are able, we do suggest a registration donation of $10 for individuals; $25 for not-for-profit organizations; and $50 for for-profit organizations.
- Do I have to be a person with a disability to participate in the Parade?
Absolutely not. The Disability Pride Parade is an opportunity for us to celebrate and strengthen the pride, power, and unity of people with disabilities, our families, and allies. Everyone who believes that disability is a natural part of human diversity and supports Disability Pride is invited to be a part of the Parade.
- Can I participate as an individual in the Parade?
Yes. All organized contingents must register. That is a city requirement. Individuals within these contingents do not have to register. Otherwise unaffiliated individuals will be assigned to the Individual Advocates contingent. We encourage such individuals to register individually, but this is not required.
- Do I have to register if I want to participate in the Parade?
Yes, absolutely. That is a city requirement. All participating contingents must be registered. Individuals within the continents or individuals not connected to a contingent do NOT have to register although it is helpful.
- How do I register to be a participant in the parade?
Registration will be opened January 1st, 2020.
- Will reasonable accommodations be provided?
Yes. But you must let us know your needs by June 5th, 2020 We will supply material in large print and Braille and will have ASL interpreters and a few PAs at the Parade. When you register, please indicate what type of accommodation you will need
- Are service animals allowed in the Parade?
Yes, as long as it is identified as a service animal. No pets are allowed.
- Who should I contact if Ihave other questions about registration?
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at or is 708-415-5557
- What is the Parade Route
To Be Announced
- How do I get to the Parade?
To Be Announced
- What are the drop-off and pick-up addresses for paratransit?
To Be Announced
- How long is the Parade Route?
A little more than a mile through the heart of downtown Chicago.
- Where should we park on the day of the Parade? To Be Announced
- We want to do a float for the Parade. What do we need to know?
All floats in the Parade must be street-legal. We suggest that you contact a Float company, such as Associated Attractions or ABC Floats, for more information on the specific dimensions and requirements of floats in the City of Chicago.
ABC Parade Floats 3375 W. Columbus Ave. Chicago, IL 60652 (773) 436-4499 Phone (773) 436-0356 Fax Web Address: www.abcparadefloats.com Email: email@example.com
Associated Attractions 4834 S Halsted St, Chicago, 60609; (773) 376-1900
- What happens if it rains?
We will be marching rain or shine, so come prepared.
- What is a Grand Marshal?
The Grand Marshal leads the Parade. The person chosen as Grand Marshal embodies the principles of the Parade.
- Who is this year’s Grand Marshal?
To Be Announced
- Will there be entertainment at the parade?
We begin working on entertainment in March 2020. If you have any suggestions or questions about entertainers, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone phone # is 312.502.7663 (voice)
- What else is happening over the weekend?
On Friday, July 24th 2020, we will have an Open Mic/Poetry Slam. See the flyer for details.
- Can I make a donation if I can't come?
Yes, please do! We need all the financial help we can get. It takes a lot of money to put together a parade: stages, tents, sound systems, programs, port-a-potties, permits. You can donate online via credit card. Check the home page of the site. You can also send a donation via snail mail.
Please make checks payable to The Disability Pride Parade Association. Please mail all donations to:
Disability Pride Parade
40 E. Chicago, Suite 231
Chicago, IL 60611
- Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes, The Disability Pride Parade Association is a 501(c )(3) not-for-profit organization. All donations and co-sponsorships are tax deductible.
- How can I volunteer and help out?
We can use all kinds of help, from stuffing envelopes to making posters to returning phone calls. Please e-mail us at email@example.com if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.
- What is disability pride?
Sarah Triano, founder of the Disability Pride Parade, set the goal: “To promote the belief in society that Disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with Disabilities can take pride.” That's a personal and radical concept. Persons with disabilities must live and breathe it in order to communicate it to one another and society.
We are a society that can not afford to throw away any person. Life and the many ways in which we live it is a prideful and precious thing. Not only do we as disabled people need to celebrate ourselves, our fellow citizens need to recognize the many ways in which we add to the world. Disability Pride is knowing that everything we are is something in which to take pride.
- Why are we having a parade about disability pride?
The sad sack, the brave overcomer, and the incapable are worn-out stereotypes the parade refutes by giving us a time and space to celebrate ourselves as we are. First, we want to show the world the incredible joy that exists in our lives. We are part of the richness and diversity of this country and the world. The Parade is an international celebration of our continued and continuing survival. By marching in this parade, we are giving the world a chance to express pride in us, too! We will not hide behind doors. We are in the street!
- I can't make it to Chicago. What can I do in my own community to celebrate disability pride?
A gazillion things: Reach out to folks with disabilities with activities promoting positive self-image, build a cross-disabilities community, expect the best from people and you'll get it Whatever you do – understand that the more we do the more our pride shines and grows. All people with all kinds of disabilities have a right to be proud! We intend to say it, sing it, walk and talk it… we are and intend to be proud. JOIN US!
- Have your own parade! It doesn’t take much except pride (and an ability to work VERY hard).
- Have a picnic and make sure it’s accessible to everyone.
- Do a ribbon day! Have every one in your church, college, business, nursery school, etc., wear green, orange, and purple ribbons for the day.
- Take out an ad in your local newspaper and write about Disability Pride.
- Call a popular radio station in your town and see if they’ll let you talk about disability pride.
- What are the benefits of becoming a sponsor?
Organizational listing on all Disability Pride Parade promotional materials;
Organizational logo and link on the official Disability Pride Parade website (www.disailityprideparade.org) and The exclusive right to set up an information booth/table at the post-Parade celebration.
- What is required of sponsors?
- Make a donation to the effort; Use PayPal or your own Visa, Master Card. See Home page
- Help publicize the Parade and celebration through e-mailings, "snail" mailings, postings on your website, phone calling, announcements in your newsletter and at your meetings;
- Commit to sending a representative from your organization to the Parade.
- Who should I contact if I, or my organization, wants to become a sponsor?
Click on the menu item: DONATE/SPONSOR and follow the instructions.