New Orleans disability pride fest part of a growing trend


    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans' newest festival, the Disability Pride Festival, grew from a comment on the internet.

    Jane Rhea Vernier (RHAY ver-NYAY) says the comment suggested that while it's easy to organize spur-of-the-moment festivals in New Orleans, it's harder to get people to the capital to speak up for the rights of disabled people.

    Her response was that they should throw a festival or parade themselves.

    Now it's scheduled for March 25 at a legal aid nonprofit for disabled and older people.

    Disability pride festivals and parades have been growing nationwide since a parade in Boston celebrated passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

    Chicago is planning its 14th annual Disability Pride Parade; New York City its fourth; Los Angeles, its second.
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