New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (C) gives his remarks to the crowd during the disability pride parade in New York. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (C) gives his remarks to the crowd during the disability pride parade in New York. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Minal Rosenblum, of Montclair, N.J., holds a sign as she prepares to march in the inaugural Disability Pride Parade in New York. Picture: AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Minal Rosenblum, of Montclair, N.J., holds a sign as she prepares to march in the inaugural Disability Pride Parade in New York. Picture: AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Donald Lee, 38, suffering from bilateral amputee, marches while taking part in the disability pride parade in New York. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Donald Lee, 38, suffering from bilateral amputee, marches while taking part in the disability pride parade in New York. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Michelle Kraus (L), 45, suffering from dwarfism shouts slogans to support disabled people while she takes part in the disability pride parade in New York. Picture; REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Michelle Kraus (L), 45, suffering from dwarfism shouts slogans to support disabled people while she takes part in the disability pride parade in New York. Picture; REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Clara Bailon, 36, suffering from Larsen syndrome arrives to take part in the disability pride parade in New York. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Clara Bailon, 36, suffering from Larsen syndrome arrives to take part in the disability pride parade in New York. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Girls suffering from dwarfism take part in the disability pride parade in New York. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Girls suffering from dwarfism take part in the disability pride parade in New York. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Caitlin Pereiras, 20, suffering from left below elbow congenital amputee, checks her phone while she takes part in the disability pride parade in New York. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Caitlin Pereiras, 20, suffering from left below elbow congenital amputee, checks her phone while she takes part in the disability pride parade in New York. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Dan Santos (L), 22, suffering from Femoral Hypoplasia, and Sara Tabor, (C), 33, and Lary Minei, 41, both paraplegic take part in the disability pride parade in New York. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Dan Santos (L), 22, suffering from Femoral Hypoplasia, and Sara Tabor, (C), 33, and Lary Minei, 41, both paraplegic take part in the disability pride parade in New York. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
People on wheelchairs with different disabilities take part in the disability pride parade in New York. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
People on wheelchairs with different disabilities take part in the disability pride parade in New York. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

New York - Thousands of people marched through the streets of New York for the city's first Disability Pride Parade on Sunday.

People in wheelchairs and with guide dogs and parents carrying their disabled children marched during a hot day through the centre of Manhattan after Mayor Bill de Blasio kicked off the event.

The event, subtitled “Inclusion, Awareness, Visibility” saw people carrying signs asking for better access to public transport and housing.

“Disabled and proud,” said a sign carried by a woman in a wheelchair.

A man carried another sign reading: “Just because I can't speak doesn't mean I don't have a lot to say.”

Other signs demanded police stop killing disabled people, an issue recently in the spotlight in the country after police arrests ended in disabled peoples' deaths.

De Blasio said July was “disability pride month” in honour of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The march organised by the city is scheduled to be an annual event.

AFP