Frequently Asked Questions
What is the deadline to register, participate, sponsor, and/or underwrite?
The deadline for parade applications is Friday, October 11th at 11:30 pm.
The deadline to register and participate in the abilityMARCH is Friday, October 11th at 5:00 pm.
What is the date and time of the 2019 abilitySTRONG Parade and abilityMARCH?
The abilitySTRONG Parade and abilityMARCH will be held on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 beginning at 9:00am. Staging will begin a 7:30am along Avenue E between Houston and Brooklyn Ave. in front of First Presbyterian Church and Express News Bldg. South on Avenue E, West on Houston St. North on Flores St., West on Travis St., South on San Saba, East on Commerce St., South Pecos-La Trinidad and into the UTSA Cattleman Square parking lot. The parade course will leave . All individuals on foot may disband from the parade at the corner of Commerce and San Saba Street. The Judges Stand and VIP Seating will be located on Houston St. at Milam Park, between Santa Rosa and San Saba.
Do I have to be a person living with a disability to participate in the abilityMarch or abilitySTRONG Parade?
Absolutely not. The abilityMARCH and abilitySTRONG Parade are opportunities for us to celebrate and strengthen the San Antonio community which includes individuals with disabilities, our families, and allies. Everyone who believes that disability is a natural part of human diversity and supports the disability community is invited to be a part of the parade and march.
Is there any kind of event following the parade?
The 13th Annual AccessAbility fest will take place in Market Square and Milam Park from 9:00am - 2:00pm and features over 140 exhibitors with information, products, programs and services that promote independence and inclusion where individuals with disabilities live, work and play. This FREE celebration also features live entertainment, activities, demonstrations, and food purchase options. Special Features this year include two-time GRAMMY award winning artist, Sunny Saucedo, Urban Forestry and Trails Tree Adoption, Perfect Produce Sign-up, Story Time, and more!
What are the costs to participate in the abilityMARCH?
There is no cost to participate in the abilityMARCH following the abilitySTRONG Parade. However, if people are able, we do suggest a registration donation of $10 for individuals. Individuals making a donation of at least $10 will receive a complimentary event t-shirt.
What are the costs to participate in the parade?
Entry fees include an application fee (nonprofit, business, and commercial options), Equestrian and Balloon Fee (as applicable), Float Inspection Fee (as applicable), and Insurance Premium (or COI). In addition, parade entries must be decorated to the theme of the parade.
Can we have walkers participate with our Equestrian, Float, or Vehicle Entry?
Groups with vehicles, carriages, and floats that want walkers with them must select an additional entry (and premium) for a Marching Unit.
Can we have a banner with our entry?
Banners may be carried in front of each entry by no more than 2 banner carriers and are limited in size to be no larger than 3' H x 5' W.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Visit us online at https://www.abilitystrongparade.org/event-parking.html
What's the refund policy?
All application fees do not apply for reimbursement. Additional fees and insurance premiums are eligible for reimbursement if your entry is declined or withdraws from the parade prior to September 27th, 2019.