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. 

The 2023 New York City Buddy Walk was held on Saturday, September 9 at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. Nearly 2,000 people joined NDSS for live entertainment, carnival games, a dance party, and a one-mile walk through beautiful Central Park. Thank you so much to everyone who joined us in NYC and from afar. Thanks to your generous support, the New York City Buddy Walk raised a record-setting $350,000 for the Down syndrome community. We hope you’ll join us again next year!

2024 New York City Buddy Walk

Stay tuned for more information!

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. Stay tuned for when submissions open again in March/April 2024.


Photos from the 2023 Event