Happy Disability Pride Weekend

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the 2009 Chicago Disability Pride Parade
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Overhead shot of the parade lining up on Plymouth, to be renamed Disability Pride Way.
This weekend, cities around the country are celebrating the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Disability Pride with parades, celebrations, performances and events.

In Chicago, the community will host the 9th Annual Disability Pride Parade, with thousands of participants, groups coming from all around the country, and the unveiling of a commemorative street sign “Disability Pride Way,” at Van Buren and Plymouth, the step off of the parade (Many thanks to 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti). The step off is at 11 a.m. on July 21st.

To kick off the weekend in Chicago, there will be an Open Mic at the Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. The Temple is just across the street from Daley Plaza, which plays host to the post parade celebration on Saturday.

If you haven’t made plans yet, this is your chance to check out some disability pride, attend the open mic, and march in the parade. For more information, check out the official parade website.