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Double your pride with two FREE festivals in NYC

Two FREE Festivals this weekend!
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Whatever your race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or neighborhood, rest assured, New York City offers the opportunity to display your pride (and buy a lot of tie-in merchandise, but they're less forward about that part of it).

And while the (proud) swag will cost you, the pride is FREE at two upcoming events.

This coming Saturday, June 21 (and also next week, June 28) come to a Celebration of Art, Dance, Music and Community in Hamilton Heights, West 142nd and 143rd Streets between Amsterdam Avenue and Hamilton Place. The 4th annual Sugar Hill Cultural Festival and “Pinkster” Street Fair is inspired by a Dutch tradition from the 17th century called “Pinkster,” a celebration of the changing seasons and the springtime renewal of life. By the 19th century, however, it was primarily a black holiday and, in 2014, the uptown street fair named in its honor will offer face-painting, pony rides, art and dance workshops, food and handcrafted works made by local artists (see tie-in merchandise above). However, the celebration itself is FREE to attend, and open to all.

Then, on Monday, June 23 at the Children's Museum of Manhattan on West 83rd Street, join The Center and Family Equality Council for an after-hours event to celebrate Pride Week's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer families. As in Hamilton Heights, art activities, face painting, raffles, and snacks will also be featured (but unlike in Hamilton Heights, they'll be indoors, always a bonus in case of heat wave or rain). All five floors of the museum will be open for play, from Dora and Diego's preschool area to the new Jazz exhibit for older children, and all kinds of families are welcome! Admission is FREE, but space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

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