More than 700 people attended the 5th Annual NJ Disability Pride Parade, hosted by the Alliance Center for Independence (ACI) this past Friday, October 9th. The event featured some new artists to the venue including Lachi, Andrew Bambridge, Corevalay, AttachAvi Bollywood Dancers and Mana Hashimoto.
Also featured at the event was bubble artist Eddy Miller, a photo booth, food trucks, giveaways and raffles. The NJ Division of Disability Services raffled off emergency preparedness bags and a flash mob organized by Roll Call Wheelchair Dance got the crowd up dancing.
A big thanks to all the presenters who gave their time and support of this day. Thank you to Governor Christie for the proclamation making October Disability Pride Month!
Also adding to the festivities were 25 representatives of various non-profit and government organizations who exhibited at the event.
Here's what people had to say about the parade:
"What a phenomenal and inspiring event! We all had a blast at the NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration!"
Community Justice Center NJ
"Our kids had a blast, it was a wonderful day that definitely made great memories. 5 of our kids won emergency preparedness backpacks."
Julie Braeckman, Mercer County Special Services School District
"It was an amazing day, we had a wonderful time. Each year it gets better and better."
Eyes Like Mine, Inc.
"Disability is a unique part of the human condition."
Joseph Amoroso, Director of the New Jersey Division of Disability Services
We would like to express our gratitude to City of Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson, the City of Trenton Department of Recreation, Natural Resources and Culture and the Trenton Metropolitan Police Department.
Last but not least, thanks to all of you who attended and made this day a memorable success! See you next year!