Disability Pride 2019

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Police and young girls hold banner
Thanks to the men and women of Calgary Police Services and the Disability Pride Alberta volunteers for keeping everyone safe and having fun!

Thanks to everyone who came to Disability Pride 2019! The event was a huge success with hundreds of people filling the streets of Calgary to celebrate people with disabilities.

The event began with a warm welcome from disability advocate Kiran Dhaliwal and a blessing from Elder Kelly Good Eagle. The excitement was palpable as the parade made its way down Stephen Avenue. At each intersection the parade was greeted by Disability Pride volunteers and members of the Calgary Police Service, Fire Department and EMS.

Colourful banners and posters were on display with inspiring messages such as:

 “I am powerful”

 “You don’t need sight to have a vision”

 “What makes you different is what makes you beautiful”

“Autism Awareness”

“Inclusion starts with you”

“Proud to be disabled”

“Sassy and proud”


 “I am differently able”

Violinist Aleksandra Danicic welcomed parade participants to Olympic Plaza with a lively set of fiddle tunes, and our emcee Ken Lima-Coelho welcomed community innovators, and political leaders to the stage to share words of inspiration.

Ken then introduced Heather Blush and the Uppercuts, a local roots act who performed a toe-tapping set of jazz and blues inspired music.

Jay Ross and Prophesied delivered their powerful brand of hip-hop with an inspiring message and lots of energy, followed by the STAR Division of the Youth Singers of Calgary who gave a fun and heartwarming performance.

After a few words from event organizers, Heather Blush and the Uppercuts finished off the afternoon with a second set that had people singing, dancing, moving and grooving.

Thanks to everyone who made Disability Pride 2019 a memorable community experience!

Your participation shows the world that our community is strong, loud and proud.

Three youth holding signs in a parade
Parade participants made signs to share their messages with the world. Pictured here (left) is a sign written in braille that says “Disability Pride”. Also pictured (middle) is a sign that says “You don’t need sight to have a vision” and “My ability is stronger than my disability” (pictured right).
Elder in front of microphone

Elder Kelly Good Eagle gives a blessing in front of Banker’s Hall.
Man and woman holding hands pushing boy in wheelchair
A stylish stroll down the street with proud parents.
Quad-amputee woman in parade waving
Photo credit: Janet Davie
Woman and man in safety vests
Disability Pride volunteers
Crowd of people in parade
Proud to be disabled!
Man and woman. Man has walker
Photo credit: Janet Davie
Dog sitting on ground
Reece taking in Calgary’s 2019 Disability Pride Parade and Celebration.
Photo credit: Janet Davie Photo
Two men holding banner for CJSW radio station
Thanks to CJSW’s “Accessible Airwaves” and the DDRC
for supporting Disability Pride!
Two women sitting beside each other smiling
Photo credit: Janet Davie
Woman in wheelchair being pushed by someone. Both people have big smiles.
Calgary Social Workers for Social Justice
Two women sitting at the side of street
Photo credit: Janet Davie
Photo credit: Janet Davie
Group of people surrounding stage area with performers
Live music in Olympic Plaza
Man at microphone with hand in air talking to crowd
Master of Ceremonies, Ken Lima-Coelho, keeping the crowd entertained and informed
Female being pushed in wheelchair with sign that says Dislabeled
Photo credit: Janet Davie
Six youth and four instructors making music
The STAR Division of the Youth Singers of Calgary perform at Olympic Plaza
Three men and one woman chatting on a sunny day
Hip hop performers Jay Ross and Prophesied chat with members of Disability Action Hall
Eight people and one dog in front of parade float
Rotary Club International volunteers and float
Photo credit: Janet Davie
Man smiling and holding banner
Photo credit: Janet Davie
Wheelchair with sign saying Disability pride is a thing!
Disability Pride is a thing!


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