Growing up in New York City I’ve seen my fair share of parades. From the wacky and fun Mermaid Parade in Coney Island to the Puerto Rican Day Parade on 5th Avenue; New York always likes to celebrate and show off its diversity on its streets. This year a new Parade will be added to the list and it couldn’t be more diverse. The parade in which I am talking about is New York’s first Disability Pride Parade.
When I heard that this parade was happening I became sooo excited. Finally a parade where those, who like me, are living with a disability get to march down the street with their crutches, wheelchairs and walkers without having that sometimes internalize shame or fear of being looked at negatively.
Individuals with disabilities are a big part of the community and as any other group they contribute greatly to society. Many are teachers, lawyers, doctors, artists and the list goes on and on. Having such platform as a parade gives the opportunity to celebrate that and to celebrate how far we have come. It also helps break those barriers and stigmas many have regarding individuals living with a disability, which sadly in this day and age there are still many. But with this parade I have no doubt that it will help bring forth as stated on the official parade’s website: inclusion, awareness and visibility. And hey, what makes a a group of people united as a community more visible than with a parade!
Anyways, as I mentioned before, I’m so very happy that this is happening but I am also I’m so very sad since I can’t be there to join in this momentous occasion. Currently I live in Florida after moving year ago from Brooklyn. Without a doubt my heart has stayed in New York since coming here wasn’t my first choice. My hope is to go back to continue where I left off and that was serving my community but until that day comes I’ll celebrate my peeps from here.
So enjoy the parade you guys and the people around you! In the end, is not the disability that’s being celebrated but the amazing people who live each day overcoming it and those who support us along the way. Our abilities and fighting human spirit will always be greater than any disability or limitation might come our way. And that’s the truth!
Click the the logo below for all the parade details.
By the way, here is the list of the products used in my tutorial.
Dior Hydra Life BB Creme in warm
Maybelline Fit Me in Sand
Cargo Blue Ray Pressed Powder in 30
Cargo Bronzer In Medium
Pandora’s Blush in Carnation Pink
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Coastal Scents 88 Color Palette
Lorac Pro Palette 2
Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Pencil in Metallic Teal Blue
Lancôme Définicils Mascara in Black
Revlon Super Lustrous in Rose & Shine