The puppets are coming to Washington.
Perhaps not a million of them – as of this writing just over 1,700 people had confirmed they are attending on Facebook – but even so The Million Puppet March should be an impressive gathering of fur, fleece, and people who love puppets in support of public broadcasting in the United States.
Created in response to U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s suggestion to cut federal funding of public broadcasting as a means to reduce the United States’ deficit, the Million Puppet March was developed to reaffirm broad public support for funding of public media. Marchers will be gathering tomorrow (Saturday) in Washington’s Lincoln Park and marching together to the U.S. Capitol’s famed Reflecting Pool where a rally will be held featuring puppeteers, music and remarks from supporters across the United States. The event is being organized by Michael Bellavia, the President of the animation studio Animax Entertainment (which has produced animated segments for Sesame Street) and Chris Mecham, a writer studying political science at Boise State University.
The initiative has received a wide range of support, including this video from the New York cast of Avenue Q:
For those that can’t make it to Washington, you can still participate via a “virtual Million Puppet March” online. Tomorrow’s event will also be broadcast live on UStream.tv.
For more information please visit www.millionpuppetmarch.com.