'Puppet March' against funding cuts planned

CALLING ALL MUPPETS: The so-called Million Puppet March is in response to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's remarks calling for the elimination of funding for the Public Broadcasting Service, which airs the popular children's show Sesame Street. Pictured is Sesame Street character Big Bird.
CALLING ALL MUPPETS: The so-called Million Puppet March is in response to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's remarks calling for the elimination of funding for the Public Broadcasting Service, which airs the popular children's show Sesame Street. Pictured is Sesame Street character Big Bird.

More than 1,000 puppeteers and public broadcasting supporters have signed on for a march on the National Mall in Washington, DC three days before the United States presidential election.

The so-called Million Puppet March being planned online is scheduled for November 3. By Wednesday morning (Wednesday night NZT), more than 1,000 participants had responded on Facebook, saying they would attend.

It comes after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's remarks during a debate calling for the elimination of funding for the Public Broadcasting Service, which airs the popular children's show Sesame Street.

Organisers originally called the event a Million Muppet March. But they note that they've changed the name to include sock puppets, hand puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets and mascots.

AP