2018 Grand Marshal
Mayor Ron Nirenberg & First Lady Erika Prosper
What strength is there in diversity?
"The strength of diversity is when people come together from a variety of experiences and backgrounds to produce innovative solutions that one sole individual could never create on their own."
What abilities do you value the most in people living with a disability?
"True grit. The perseverance to continue moving forward despite any obstacle."
What do you wish people understood or accepted more about San Antonio when it comes to inclusion of people with disabilities?
"While we have made progress as a city to be more inclusive of people with disabilities, we still have more work to do. Ensuring every person has the opportunity to fulfill their full potential has to include folks with disabilities."
For you, what would you say makes the people of San Antonio beautiful?
"Their kindness toward strangers such as when people say hello in the street or hold the door at the grocery store."
INCLUSION / ALLIES
How do you role model inclusion and acceptance?
"One of my greatest joys as Mayor is challenging our community to be the most compassionate city in America."
What does inclusion mean to you?
"Inclusion means equal opportunity for every person, no matter what."
What would you ask community leaders to remember when making decisions for our city as an advocate for those living with a disability?
"Lead with empathy. We are all interconnected and must remember that when one member of our community succeeds, we all succeed."