Dear Community Partner, Business, and Ally to the Disability Community of Western New York:

On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law and discrimination against people with disabilities became illegal. In 1980, The Western New York Independent Living Project, Inc. opened its doors at 3108 Main Street and began providing programs and services for all people with disabilities throughout all eight counties of WNY.  With all the services provided throughout the years, we have reached a time to Celebrate the 29th Anniversary of the ADA becoming a law!

Therefore, Western New York Independent Living, Inc. and many community organizations will be celebrating this important occasion on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Canalside! In recognition of this and to raise awareness, WNY Independent Living, Inc. as a family of agencies, along with many community partners including the Erie County Office for the Disabled, Adaptive Water Sports, and many more, will be hosting the celebration. During this celebration, we will be holding WNY Independent Living's Fourth Disability Pride Parade around the in Downtown Buffalo. The parade will commence at 10:30 a.m., and wind through downtown to end at Canalside. After the Parade, we will be having an award ceremony for the following awards at 12:30 p.m. from the Stage on the Dart lawn of Canalside:

- Top Musical Group
- Top Dancing Group/Troupe
- Top Float/Group Demonstrating Theme

Admission is free and open to all persons with and without disabilities. WNY Independent Living, Inc. and our community partners expect over 1200+ participants and have many local agencies collaborating with this event in making this a success.

Our agency would like to formally invite you to participate in WNY Independent Living's Fourth Disability Pride Parade this year on Saturday, July 27, 2019. If you are interested in taking part in this event, please fill out the form below, or download & print the parade application and return to Marykate Waringa at 3108 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Marykate at 716-836-0822 ext. 146, or email at mwaringa@wnyil.org

Parade Application


*We want to know if you will be using a car, horse and wagon, anything motorized, or anything else. If it has a motor it must have a valid registration.


Approximate Number Participating in the Parade:

If you are interested in being a judge during the Disability Pride Parade, please contact Marykate Waringa at 716-836-0822 ext. 146