A sea of purple flooded Suntec City on Saturday as various interest groups came together to support inclusivity and celebrate the abilities of persons with special needs. Photo: Sport Singapore
While the first edition in 2013 only drew 3,000 people, successive editions in 2014 and 2015 slowly grew to 5,000 and 7,000 people.
Perhaps a tell-tale sign of the growing awareness in our society for disabilities and special needs, this year’s event saw the largest ever crowd turning up in support of people with disabilities and special needs.
Cloudy skies and sporadic rain did not stop some 10,000 people from turning up at the fourth Purple Parade, which featured carnival stalls, activity booths as well as performances.
A volunteer teaches a child about boccia during the Purple Parade at Suntec City. Photo: Sport Singapore
ActiveSG was also one of the partners of Purple Parade and had setup a mini-boccia booth to promote the disability sport.
ActiveSG also conducted para sports tryouts at Jurong West, Sengkang and Pasir Ris Sports Centres a week earlier leading up to the Purple Parade on 30 October 2016.
In line with the Disability Sports Master Plan, these para sports booths aims encourage people to take up these sports – which can be beneficially both physically and mentally.
Members of the public trying out mini boccia. Photo: Sport Singapore
"The fourth Purple Parade in the city district is very special for our special needs movement,” Ms Denise Phua, mayor of Central Singapore District and President of the Autism Resource Centre, said.
“People with special needs are an integral part of our big Singapore family and must always remain in the main chapters of the Singapore story.”
The disability rights movement was also graced by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin.