'Million Muppet March' planned to protest Mitt Romney's threats to cut PBS funding

big-bird-million-muppet-march.jpgBig Bird is leaving Sesame Street and heading for Washington, D.C.

A grassroots protest to save PBS funding, dubbed the Million Muppet March, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3 -- three days before the presidential election -- at the National Mall.

Mitt Romney's threats during the first presidential debate to cut federal subsidies for PBS galvanized support for the "Sesame Street" network -- including Michael Bellavia and Chris Mecham.

Shortly after the Oct. 3 debate, the two men began promoting the puppet protest on the MillionaireMuppetMarch.com website and MillionMuppets Twitter page -- where they've already received the support of celebrities like Ian Somerhalder and Pam Grier.

The Million Muppet March, which is not affiliated with Sesame Street or Disney, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 3. All protesters are encouraged to bring a puppet "for a morning of fun in the largest gathering of puppets to ever march on Washington in support of public broadcasting," say the organizers.
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