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‘Million Puppet March’ to defend public broadcasting on Saturday

The “Million Puppet March,” an event to support funding for public broadcasting, is set to hit the National Mall on Saturday.

View Photo Gallery: Supporters of public broadcasting are organizing a Nov. 3 march on the Mall. People are encouraged to bring their own puppet. Which muppet or muppet friend do you want to see on the streets of D.C.?

The march, being held three days before Election Day, is a response to Mitt Romney’s much-ridiculed proposal to reduce the national deficit in part by cutting funding for PBS and programs such as “Sesame Street.”

Marchers are encouraged to bring their own puppets — no more than 10 feet tall — to the event, which is slated to begin at 10 a.m. at Lincoln Park, near the intersection of East Capitol Street and 11th Street SE.

The group will then march to the Capitol Reflecting Pool, where organizers plan to hold a rally.

“It does seem like we might get close to the biggest ever assemblage of puppets in one place,” event organizer Michael Bellavia told Reuters last month, “and probably the most ever puppets marching on Washington.”

More than 1,700 people have RSVPed to the march via Facebook, and another 700 have responded “Maybe.”

Organizers said similar events have been planned in New York City, Boston and other cities.


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