Disability Pride Philadelphia creates a FREE all-inclusive Parade and week-long Celebration (June 11-June 16) for Philadelphia and the surrounding areas to “Celebrate our Differences/End Stigma.” As you may know, the overall mission of Disability Pride Week is to change the way that people the way that people think about and define “disability”; break down and end the internalized shame among people with disabilities; and 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.
The week starts with a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall with Mayor Jim Kenney (Monday, June 11th), and including an “Arts Day,” movie night (Rebound-movie about wheelchair basketball), happy hour at the Field House (Friday, June 15), and more. The week culminates with the Disability Pride Day Parade and celebration. Our day starts at the National Constitution Center with flag raising, singing of the National Anthem, speeches by Yoshiko Dart (longtime activist and Justin Dart’s widow) and other dignitaries; we parade up Market Street to City Hall; and have a celebration fest in the courtyard at City Hall with live music, food trucks, sponsored tables, and kid’s activities. Having grown over the past six years (last year we had over 60 sponsors), we expect this year’s events to be the biggest and best yet- all of which is possible through the generosity of our sponsors and community partners.