SAN ANTONIO – The 12th Annual AccessAbility fest will kick off with a downtown parade and march, abilitySTRONG and abilityMARCH, on October 20 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- San Antonio's first disability pride parade
- Mayor Ron Nirenburg and first lady are Grand Marshals
- Registrations deadline is October, 12; volunteers needed
The parade is a Tricentennial event and will be held during October for Disability Awareness Month.
This is San Antonio’s first disability pride parade, presented by disABILITYsa, the City of San Antonio’s Department of Human Services Head Start Divisions and the City of San Antonio’s Disability Access Office. These organizations seek to change the way people think about and define disability.
Leading the parade and march are grand marshals, City of San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and First Lady Erika Prosper, accompanied by their son, Jonah.
“Ensuring every person has the opportunity to fulfill their full potential includes folks with disabilities. Erika and I are proud to be a part of this inclusive endeavor to host the city’s first disability pride parade as the parade’s first grand marshal,” Nirenburg said.
The one-mile abilitySTRONG Parade and abilityMARCH will take place at Cattleman Square Parking Lot of UTSA Downtown.
There is no cost to participate in the abilityMARCH following the abilitySTRONG Parade but donations for registration are welcomed for individuals. Immediately following the parade, the 12th Annual AccessAbility fest will take place in Market Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include over 100 exhibitors.
Registration deadline is October 12 and disABILITYsa encourages the community to volunteer.