World Down Syndrome Day Celebrations

March 21st is recognized each year as World Down Syndrome Day. 3:21 Represents the third copy of the 21st chromosome, trisomy 21, Down syndrome. We join our voices and belief with communities all over the world creating awareness and acceptance for people living big full lives with Down syndrome!

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Please join GiGi's Playhouse NYC in honoring the achievements of our community for World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, 2021.

Our community inspires us daily, and we want the world to know! GiGi's Playhouse NYC will be highlighting the achievements of our community throughout the week of March 21, commencing on March 15, by sharing pictures and quotes on our social media accounts from our members about their greatest achievements to date.

We would like all of our amazing community members to participate to show the world that the possibilities are endless!

To participate, please email Rosella at rlofaro@gigisplayhouse.org by 2/28/21 with the following:

  • One or two high-resolution images of the participant (that coincide with their achievement, if possible)
  • A quote of up to three sentences from our participant about their achievement and what it means to them
  • Achievements can be anything from voting for the first time, crawling/walking for the first time, competing in a sport, winning an award, college acceptance etc. The choice is yours!
  • Keep in mind - Achievements are about a personal best, so our participants and their families should define what they consider to be an achievement

In addition to the above, Community Chorus with Broadway's Laurie Gamache is re-launching!

Community Chorus will consist of three rehearsal meetings, and will culminate in a Concert Screening Party & Sing-Along on World Down Syndrome Day. We will be singing inspirational songs, such as Katie Perry's "Firework," to showcase how amazing our community is and to show the world fireworks GiGi's NYC style! If you have any song requests, please let us know. Participants will have the opportunity to submit videos of themselves and their families singing to be included in the Concert video.

If you are interested in participating in Community Chorus, please email Hannah Providenti at hprovidenti@gigisplayhouse.org.

All are welcome to attend our Concert Screening Party & Sing-Along on World Down Syndrome Day on 3/21/21.

We can't wait to celebrate all of your achievements!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our Crazy Sock Challenge for WDSD 2020!

2019

On Saturday, 3/23 we celebrated the amazing achievements of our individuals with Down syndrome. With over 40 families in attendance, along with sponsors from Hard Rock Cafe, The JR league, JetBlue, and NYU! Thank you to the JCC Harlem for graciously hosting us!

2018

On Sunday, March 18th, our community came together to celebrate our loved ones with Down syndrome. We had a blast with over 35 families attending! The celebration and advocacy continues tonight and tomorrow with more great #WDSD2018 events! Thank you to the JCC Harlem for graciously hosting this Sundays party!

2017

We had an awesome time JCC Manhattan celebrating World Down Syndrome Day 217! We danced, laughed, raised awareness, and Katie Couric came by our event!

2016

A great evening celebrating World Down Syndrome at the JCC Manhattan with some very talented singers and dancers!
Photo credits to our amazing Photographer-Volunteers: Alvin Shih, Sri Lakhanigam, and Petko Ivanov

2015

On Saturday March 21st 2015 we celebrated World Down Syndrome Day with the Brooklyn Museum, NDSS, and LuMind. Over 350 people came together to celebrate Down syndrome, to view the exhibit of Judith Scott's art work, and to dance with Liza Galler. What an outstanding way to celebrated our very special place in an inclusive community - thank you for hosting, Brooklyn Museum!