Solidarity: Disability Pride Parades

The city of Chicago has been holding a disability pride parade for seven years, and San Jose recently followed suit; they held a parade celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act last weekend. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any photos from that parade online, but I did find other photos of disability pride events, so I thought we’d spend today having a little virtual parade!

There are two things in this world I adore more than almost all others: Hanging out with fellow people with disabilities, and parades. Having the two in one spot sounds absolutely super.

Speak Out: Dancers. An integrated dance troupe performs.

This is Momo Dance, an integrated dance group from Calgary, performing at a disability pride event in 2006.

Speak Out: Better service for seniors. Seniors with disabilities at a disability pride event. One person carries a sign saying 'better service in the community for seniors! keep our dreams alive'

Disabled seniors at the same event.

Louder and Prouder: A wheelchair user with a sign reading 'louder and prouder.'

Another disability pride event in Calgary, this time in 2009.

Promoting a new perspective on disability: People marching with a banner for an independent living centre. There's a wheelchair user, and at least one service animal.

Photos from the same event.

Disability Pride Parade '06 in Chicago: people with disabilities seated in colorful floats in a Chicago street.

Chicago, 2006.

Disabled & Proud! A person holds up a sign reading 'We have a disability, but we can work and do other things. We are people with great dreams to live in our own apartment and have an active life.'

Chicago, 2007.

A wheelchair user and a walker, both wearing matching cowboy hats and pink feather boas. The walker is wearing a gay pride flag as a cape.

Finally, these women are in the Brighton Gay Pride Parade; ’cause disability pride can show up anywhere! I adore their matching cowboy hats.

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s.e. smith is a recalcitrant, grumpy person with disabilities who enjoys riling people up, talking about language, tearing apart poor science reporting, and chasing cats around the house with squeaky mice in hand. Ou personal website can be found at this ain't livin'.