New York City held its first parade honoring people with disabilities Sunday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the crowd at the inaugural NYC Disability Pride Parade. He said he was proud of the city for being a national leader in supporting rights for disabled people. The parade route at Manhattan's Madison Square Park and went along Broadway to Union Square Park.

July is designated as Disability Pride Month in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which aims to guarantee equal opportunities and rights for people with disabilities.

The city has planned a monthlong series of events relating to New Yorkers with disabilities. That includes an exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society titled "Gaining Access: The New York City Disability Rights Movement." - AP