Crowds Turn Out For 16th Annual Disability Pride Parade

Mike Krauser
July 20, 2019 - 3:32 pm
Disability Pride Parade

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The 16th Annual Disability Pride Parade rolled up Dearborn Street Saturday despite the midday heat. 

It's the longest-running disability pride parade in the country. 

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"Many of us are often shunned by society, but this day gives us an opportunity to come out and showcase people with disabilities who are just as capable as anybody else," said organizer Justin Cooper. We want people to recognize us."

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One attendee, Damien Ellis, said  "I love it so much. It's a good time to meet everybody and have fun instead of staying at home with nothing to do." 

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who spoke at the parade, said holding it was about redefining how the public sees people with disabilities. It's about "moving from pity to respect," she said.