NYC Buddy Walk and Times Square Video

Since 1995, the Buddy Walk® has been the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome in the United States. It is also the world’s most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. The flagship New York City Buddy Walk® attracts participants from coast to coast each year. 

Join us September 9, 2023! Walk day kicks off in Times Square and on Facebook Live with the annual Times Square Video Presentation from 9:30-10:30 AM ET. Then, hop on the bus or meet us in Central Park from 11 AM - 3 PM for our NYC Buddy Walk and celebration. One-way and round-trip bus tickets are available. Whether you join us in person or at home, it will be a wonderful day for the community from coast to coast. 

For questions or more information about the NYC Buddy Walk®, please reach out to the NYC Buddy Walk at  

2023 New York City Buddy Walk

NDSS is excited to share that the 2023 New York City Buddy Walk® will take place at the Naumburg Bandshell in beloved Central Park! The iconic Naumburg Bandshell is located on Terrace Drive and is easily accessible from 5th Avenue and 72nd Street. Bus tickets are available for purchase and our busses will drop off right in front of the Bandshell (no stair or hill climbing required)! We're excited to bring you all of the things you love about the New York City Buddy Walk® — live entertainment, carnival games, a dance party, and more — from a new, larger location while staying within beautiful Central Park. 

Join us in Times Square and at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park on September 9!Register for the NYC Buddy Walk 

The Times Square Video Presentation

Every year, NDSS reminds the world in a BIG way about the value that people with Down syndrome bring to their communities through a special video presentation on a jumbo screen generously donated by Clear Channel in the heart of Times Square. 

500 individuals are chosen to appear in the Times Square Video, and NDSS tries to choose as many new faces as possible each year to highlight the diversity of our community. The hour-long presentation kicks off the NYC Buddy Walk® and is streamed live on Facebook. 

Submit your photo for consideration for the Times Square Video Presentation!


Photos from the 2022 Event