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Welcome to one of the biggest weekends of the year in Pittsburgh, with the start of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and several Pride festivities.
The annual Three Rivers Arts Festival will feature more than 85 musical acts with a little something for everybody, including India.Aire, Lucius, Too Many Zooz, Tank and the Bangas, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Plus, there’s the huge artist market, a time capsule, and, according to the latest forecasts, a remarkably dry first few days.
In addition, Pride celebrations will fill Downtown, featuring two Pride marches, musical performances, drag shows, and a massive festival.
And, yes, all of this will impact traffic, as TribLive explains in this handy guide.
In other news…
Pittsburgh is the best U.S. city for first-time homebuyers, according to Livability, a research and rankings website. The site mentions the variety of architecture here, the relatively low median home price, and a bevy of cultural amenities. (NEXTpittsburgh)
How did a Butler County man end up in an iconic photo of the D-Day invasion? The photo of Lyndora-native Nicholas Russin being dragged out of the English Channel by fellow troops has been viewed around the world in the 75 years since, and it’s a well-worn testament to tragedy and survival on Omaha Beach. (WITF)
Carnegie Mellon University wants to go the moon. The university is contracting with Astrobotic, one of three private space companies that NASA has funded to carry payloads to the lunar surface, in hopes of launching the first U.S. robotic moon rover to space in July 2021. Godspeed. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
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Pride Month has officially begun with the biggest events kicking off this weekend. Here’s the full report on what to expect this weekend, along with thoughts from the event organizers, details on the fashion you’ll want to check out, and some additional reading.
Plus, we’ve got The Big List of Pride events to add to your calendar for the rest of the month, including a week of queer cinema, OUTrageous Bingo, Stonewall commemorations, and a board game night at TransPride Pittsburgh.
Happy Pride, Pittsburgh.
Do you like ketchup? Do you like Ed Sheeran? Well, get ready.
Heinz has unveiled a special “Edchup” edition of the staple sauce in recognition of the pop star’s ketchup love. Sheeran, who reportedly has a tattoo of a Heinz ketchup bottle on his arm, is predictably excited.
And if you’re also excited, you can order some here while supplies last.