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May 27, 2021 at 1:00:00 PM

Helen Yuen
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Nick Prevas


BALTIMORE, MD - Two of the American Visionary Art Museum's most anticipated, free, and beloved, annual summer events are postponed until 2022: July 4th Pets on Parade and The Hughes Family Flicks on the Hill movie series. The decision was made out of continuing concern for the optimal well-being of our community and staff, due to the large crowds the events attract. The move also supports Baltimore City's decision to withhold the required permits for outdoor gatherings such as these. 

“We are so sorry to disappoint Flicks summer movie fans and Pet Parade lovers alike," laments museum founder and director Rebecca Hoffberger. "All the costumed animals and their adoring pet owners form an interspecies feast for the eye, and our Flicks audience is harmonious Baltimore at its best—joined as one community to watch movies under the stars and pig out on fresh popcorn. We can’t wait to resume both cherished events next summer, 2022." 

About Flicks on the Hill 

AVAM’s annual free movie series welcomes the public every Thursday night, July through August, to watch a film together from the grassy slopes of Federal Hill Park. The family-friendly series is preceded by free outdoor programming like art workshops and yoga, with food and drink available for purchase from local eateries and food trucks. 

About Pet Parade 

On Independence Day pets—not ready for Westminster—gather with entries of every fur, feather, and scale imaginable. They come festooned from around the region, with their human caretakers in tow, to parade around the museum in their best yankee-doodle costumes. They vie for awards like Most Patriotic Pet, the Congeniality Award, and the Least Likely to Succeed as a Pet. The happy event is held every year in loving memory of supreme pet lover, volunteer, and AVAM devotee, Ellis Rosen. 

About the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is a Congressionally-designated national museum and education center dedicated to intuitive, self-taught artistry. It champions the role intuition plays in creative invention and innovation of all sort — be it art, science, engineering, humor or philosophy, and especially in compassionate acts of social justice. For more info, visit

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