THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PARADE!
When is the parade? Where will it be located? The parade will take place on Saturday, October 7th 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Trenton War Memorial (1 Memorial Drive). The celebration portion of the day will take place at Mill Hill Park (165 E Front Street) and will run from 10:00 AM until around 4:00 PM.
Who are the organizers of the parade? The Alliance Center for Independence (ACI) are the proud organizers of the NJDPP!
Do I have to march? No. For those not marching, the post-parade celebration starts at 10:00 AM at Mill Hill Park. There will be approximately 200 folding chairs at the park for people to relax in. They will fill fast. Please feel free to bring your own lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the celebration if you wish. There will be a dance floor in front of the stage, so dancing is encouraged! There will also be face painting and other activities for the kids!
How much does it cost to participate in the Parade? There is no registration fee. Bring money for food, the 50/50 raffle or to purchase a t-shirt.
Do I have to be a person with a disability to participate in the Parade? Absolutely not! The Disability Pride Parade is an opportunity to celebrate and strengthen the pride, diversity, and unity of people with disabilities, their families, and friends. Everyone who believes disability is a natural part of human diversity and supports Disability Pride is invited to participate in the Parade.
Can I participate as an individual in the Parade? Yes. Everyone will be able to march/roll/ride in the Parade. If you prefer, you can hook up with a group that will be marching in the Parade.
How many people are expected to attend? NJDPP is a statewide event, 500+ people are anticipated to participate. NJDPP welcomes friends from NY, PA and anyone else who wants to join the celebration!
Will there be sign language interpreters? Yes, ASL interpreters will be on site.
What is the Parade route? The route begins at the War Memorial. The parade will continue down Lafayette Street until we get to Mill Hill Park, which is where the post-parade celebration will be located. The parade will have a police escort.
How long is the Parade Route? Approximately a ½ mile.
Who is the Parade Grand Marshal? TBA
Can I bring banners and signs? Yes, we ENCOURAGE you to bring them. It’s a celebration; let’s have fun! Please no signs on poles or sticks. We will also have signs at the parade meetup. (Due to the allergies of some participants, please no latex balloons).
How do I get to the Parade? You can use a GPS or Google Maps to determine the best route to the Disability Pride Parade. The parade will begin at the War Memorial. The post-parade celebration will take place at Mill Hill Park (you will see tents set up).
- If you come from the NORTH or northeast (direction of Newark, NJ and New York City), you can take US-1 S or I-95 S.
- If you come from the EAST (direction from the NJ coast: Asbury Park, Long Branch), you can follow I-195 W.
- If you come from the SOUTH or southwest (direction of Philadelphia, PA), you can take I-95 N.
There is also public transport to/within Trenton; almost all buses are wheelchair accessible and are lift-equipped. You can make a reservation for a lift-equipped bus, but it is not required. Reservations are made for a specific bus stop at a specific time and must be made by 4:00 PM the day before the day of travel. Call the Transit Information Center (TIC) at: 973-275-5566, TTY: 800-772-2287 Seating located nearest to the front door is designed and designated to provide easy access for people with disabilities. Depending on the type of vehicle, there are specific areas also designed and designated for customers with mobility devices. This area will be located nearest to the entrance that utilizes the lift.
NJ Transit Bus Route 611 serves the Trenton Transit Center (http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T0611.pdf).
You can take the River Line, which also stops at the Trenton Transit Center. For more information go to: http://njtranshit.com/schedule/16/riverline-light-rail
Where should I park on the day of the Parade? Here is a list of parking garages; double check prices when you enter the lots.
- Liberty Commons Garage; 16 E. Front Street.
- Merchant Street Lot.
- State Museum Parking Lot; enter between 205 and 225 W State St.
- State Street Square Garage; Chancery Lane between West State and West Hanover.
- Station Plaza Garage; 60 Wallenberg Avenue (by the train station).
- Garage next to the Wyndham Hotel at the corner of South Warren and East Lafayette
Will there be a shuttle from the Trenton Transit Center? Yes. Buses from Mercer County TRADE will make two runs from the Trenton Transit Center (72 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton, NJ 973-275-5555) is accessible and has a taxi stand at the rear of the station. ATM and food are also available there) beginning at 8:30 AM. Please look for them in the front of the train station. The buses will be dropping people off at the Statehouse. Pickup will be in front of the Department of Human Services, 222 South Warren Street at 4:00 PM. Please make sure you are on time as the buses are on a tight schedule. Parade volunteers will be near the River Line station (holding a NJDPP sign) to guide you to the shuttle buses.
We want to do a float for the Parade. What do we need to know? All floats in the Parade must be street-legal. There are no size requirements or other parameters; if you want to rent a float, you can call 609-815-2167.
What happens if it rains? We will be marching rain or shine, so come prepared. There will be a large 20 x 40 tent set up at the celebration for shelter.
Will there be food available at the celebration? Food trucks will be available at the celebration (including WTF Food Truk and Mister Softee) or you are welcome to pack a lunch! There will be a limited number of tables available at the back of the big tent to sit down and eat. There are also some great restaurants in Trenton within walking distance including: Checkers, Café Ole, Rainbow Town Restaurant, Jamaican Restaurant, the Hummingbird and Subway to name a few.
Will there be water available? Yes.
Stop by and visit all the great vendors! TBA.
Where can I stay when I come to Trenton? We will be reserving a block of 10 rooms (6 accessible rooms, 4 non accessible rooms) at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Suites (located at 1 W Lafayette Street, Trenton, NJ 08608) at $99 per night plus taxes. Reserve now as rooms will go quickly. You must mention that you are with the NJ Disability Pride Parade. Reservation deadline is September 1st.
Will there be NJDPP t-shirts for sale? Yes, for $15.00 a shirt.
Will there be EMTs at the parade and celebration? Yes.
Where do I go to find a personal assistant or information? There will be an information table set up towards the stage.
Will there be restrooms available? There will be two ADA accessible portajohns from Johnny on the Spot at the celebration.
Will personal assistants be available at the parade and celebration? Yes, Pat Lyte and Michelle McGee will be available during the event. (Go to the information table). We do, however, ask if you typically use a personal assistant please consider bringing them along with you.
We are coming by bus/van. Where are the drop off points? We are requesting participants to arrive at the War Memorial by 8:45 am. There is space in front of the state house to park your vehicle temporarily to drop off passengers. Vehicles can also drop off their passengers at the horseshoe shape driveway in front of the War Memorial, located in back of the State House and situated next to Wyndham Garden Hotel and Conference Center at the corner of Barrack and East Lafayette, a block away from the State House. Participants can walk up Barrack Street towards West State and make a left towards the State House.
Drop off and parking arrangements for drivers/vehicles who are transporting LARGE GROUPS OF PEOPLE to the event (including schools, organizations, groups, transportation service providers)
Where to park your vehicle during the day: Buses and Vans can park at the NJ State Parking facility (on Allen Place off of Perry Street and behind the Trenton Fire Headquarters). This is designated as Area 50. The number for the State House Security Office is 609-984-4222.
For Your Information:
The Trenton Train Station (72 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton, NJ 973-275-5555) is accessible and has a taxi stand at the rear of the station. There is also an ATM and fast food available there.
Direct rail service to the Trenton Transit Center is provided NJ Transit: NJTransit.com and 1-800-582-5946.
I am a vendor, where can I park to unload my materials? Beginning at 8:00 AM, vendors can temporarily park on East Lafayette Street to unload their vehicles. Each vendor has been assigned a table. Look for the table that displays the name of your organization. Set up time ends at 9:30 AM and all vehicles must be removed by then. There are parking spaces and garages within walking distance of the event.