GRASP Chicago Chapter will be marching in Slot # 28 in the 10th Annual Disability Pride Parade in Downtown Chicago on Saturday, July 20, 2013.
We will be gathering at the staging area between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to prepare for the parade - which will start at 11 a.m. Parade groups will be staged on Plymouth Ct. near Van Buren (near 401 S. Plymouth Ct.).
Our slot # is 28, near the corner of Plymouth and Van Buren, across from the check-in table. I will be at the staging area at 10 a.m. with GRASP signs and the GRASP banner.
You do not need to check in with the parade organizers to march with GRASP. Family and friends are also welcome to march with us.
If you are a GRASP group member who wants to join us for the march and have not yet RSVP'ed, please RSVP by Thursday 7/18 to confirm that you will be joining us.
The parade route runs 6 blocks north on Dearborn Street to Daley Plaza (near 69 W. Washington St., Chicago).
After the parade, a rally, festivities, and tabling will start at around noon and will go until 2:30 p.m. There will be plenty of seating at the rally.
Messages of the parade focus on advocating for protections, services, and respect for people with disabilities. GRASP Chicago Chapter marched in this parade for the past 3 years. It was great to meet so many advocates and self-advocates from the greater disability community. Parade mission and details are provided at www.disabilityprideparade.com.
The parade will take place rain or shine - or heat. If you march with us, you will want to dress appropriate for the weather and bring bring water, sunscreen, and medication if necessary. If you are noise sensitive, you may also want to bring earplugs. There was only one noisy spot near the beginning of the march last year where a drum corps was playing.
GRASP Chicago Chapter will also have a table at Daley Plaza during the rally. Support group regulars who would like to help distribute info and answer questions at the table should contact me.