People, puppets march through D.C. in support of PBS

Chelsae Ketchum

Just three days before the election, about 1,000 people and their puppets marched at the Million Puppet March in Washington D.C. to support government funding of TV’s Public Broadcasting Service.

Crowds gathered in Lincoln Park Saturday to meet and share their puppets. Parents brought their children and professional puppeteers brought their talent ready to have fun backing the importance of PBS.

“Whose street? Sesame’s street!” they yelled marching down East Capitol Street.

The march ended by the Capitol Reflection Pool with music, a puppet show and speeches. Children and adults shared their memories and opinions of PBS.

Demonstrators said the Million Puppet March was thought up after the comment Mitt Romney made at the first presidential debate: “I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird.”

Boise State political science student Chris Mecham and Animax Entertainment president Michael Bellavia worked together to make their idea a reality.

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