It all started with the Million Man March in 1995. Organized by followers of the Nation of Islam, it is considered one of the most important modern events of African American civil rights. Then in 1997 there was the Million Woman March in Pennsylvania and many more variations have followed over the last decade.
Now comes word of the tongue-in-cheek Million Puppet March. More than 1,000 puppeteers and public broadcasting supporters have signed on for a march on the National Mall in Washington three days before the 2012 presidential election in response to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's remarks during a presidential debate calling for the elimination of funding for PBS—which broadcasts the popular children's show "Sesame Street." Twenty-two thousand people currently “like” the Million Puppet March Facebook page.
Organizers originally called the event a Million Muppet March. But the name was changed to the more inclusive “Million Puppet March” to add support for sock puppets, hand puppets, finger puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets and mascots.