The Million Puppet Parade returns to Los Angeles for the 2nd year on 4/6/14. In 2013 over 300 people and puppets participated and we anticipate even more this year. Puppet making starts at 10:30am and then marching begins an hour later starting from Wilshire Blvd at the Third Street Promenade and then walks the full length. The parade is free to the public and participants can win random prizes including a behind the scenes tour of The Jim Henson Company lot. Muppets!! All part of the LA Puppet Fest.
Next Sunday 4/28 we’ll be parading down the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. This is what it’s going to look like. More info here. And there will be prizes including a pair of tickets to a behind the scenes tour of the Jim Henson Company Hollywood lot!
All this month we’ve been celebrating the first-ever citywideLA Puppet Fest and we’ve been behind the scenes helping to organize it as part of mobilization and education efforts. The culminating event is a parade on the 3rd Street Promenade on 4/28. Your family (and your puppets) are invited to march with us! RSVP here.
Our puppets marched on Washington to show support for public media and today President Barack Obama’s Budget includes federal funding for it! Tell Congress how important public media is to you at http://bit.ly/YM2Yca.
Puppets are heading back to DC! Yes, we are going to be marching in parallel to the Presidential Inauguration Parade on 1/21/13 starting at 2:30PM. Meet in the park at 500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW on the south side of the street. You can find us that day using the free Million Puppet March app that you can find in iTunes and Google Play
Anonymous asked: Do you honestly think that if the portion of government funding that goes into Sesame Street were not there the program could not continue on its own?
We know Sesame Street would likely go on even without the current funding, but that’s not the point and we didn’t start this as a means to Save Sesame Street. Much like there are vulture capitalists that are salivating over getting their paws on Twinkies, there would readily be many who would love to buy the brand. IN this age of big media consolidation, one of the other big media companies would also be a ready buyer. But they’d probably find other sources of private financing to fill the gap.
The reason why we marched and continued to march is to protect the entire public broadcasting ecosystem of which Sesame is only a portion. This includes continued funding for CPB but also all the other stations and programs it supports. We’ve written about many of these reasons in our about us section and we encourage you to read it. Thanks.