Buddy Walk®


DSAA's 13th Annual Buddy Walk® is to be held on October 28, 2017 at Parc International again!  Members, along with their family and friends, join us as we celebrate one another and walk 1 mile through downtown Lafayette.  Everyone returns to Parc International and has a day filled with great music, dancing, food, plenty of arts and crafts and activities for all ages.  This a family friendly event and we encourage you to participate in our upcoming Buddy Walk®.

  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

    Onsite registration at Parc International.
    There are two separate registration areas: Onsite Registration and Pre-Registration/Team Registration. Each participant will need to check in and receive his or her 2017 13th Annual Buddy Walk® t-shirt(s). If bringing pledges, please bring to the cashier’s table.

  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    Opening Ceremony and Buddy Walk®.
    Opening Ceremony to include opening announcements, the National Anthem, and a pre-walk warm.

  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Walk begins, all participants are welcome to walk a one-mile Buddy Walk®.

  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Fun at Parc International.
    Relax and have fun with games, music, Cajun food and children's activities.

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History of Buddy Walk®

The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down syndrome Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome.  It was grown from 17 events in 1995 to 250 events in 2013 across the county and around the world.

Previous Buddy Walks®