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 year we will march along Dearborn St. as we have in the past few years.
25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
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.
2015 Parade Marshal: U.S. Senator Tom Harkin
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!
ROAD TO FREEDOM Bus Tour
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!
July 17: Annual Disability Pride Parade Open Mic
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...
Registration is closed now so the committee can prepare progam books, establish the lineups, and assign tables to sponsors.
You can still march as an individual by stopping by the registration/volunteer desk on parade day. They will direct you to an 'independent contigent' of marchers.While you can still donate or sponsor the parade, you may or may not be able to have a table assigned, depending on how many are left.
Thank you for your support!