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Puppets, Toddlers Descend on Capitol in ‘Million Puppet March’ (Photos)

Hundreds of toddlers, families, and other fans of public media marched from Lincoln Park to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. today in the “Million Puppet March,” one of the fluffiest, most adorable political rallies in the whole history of ever.

The march was a response to GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s assertion, in the first presidential debate, that he would cut funding for public television if elected. The goal of the march was to “increase awareness of the importance of federal funding to our public broadcasting system and to promote broad-based support for its continuation,” according to the Million Puppet March website.

The march organizers have also started a petition to Congress urging the government to continue to fund public television and public radio.

Two photographers on the scene kindly shared their photos. You can see more photographic work from Ted Eytan and Kathryn H. Smith on Flickr. Check out some great photos, below.

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  • There may not have been quite a million puppets. 1 of 15
    There may not have been quite a million puppets.
    It was more like a few hundred, according to The Washington Post.

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Ted Eytan)
  • One of the cutest protests ever. 2 of 15
    One of the cutest protests ever.
    Toddlers, families, and puppets marched from Lincoln Park to the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Ted Eytan)
  • Sam the Eagle is taking this seriously. 3 of 15
    Sam the Eagle is taking this seriously.
    He takes everything seriously.

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Ted Eytan)
  • When puppets are outlawed, only outlaws will have puppets. 4 of 15
    When puppets are outlawed, only outlaws will have puppets.
    Deep.

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Ted Eytan)
  • This message to Mitt Romney was brought to you 5 of 15
    This message to Mitt Romney was brought to you
    By the letters 'F' and 'U.'

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Ted Eytan)
  • Journey to Ernie! 6 of 15
    Journey to Ernie!
    We found him! At the top of that flag!

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Ted Eytan)
  • Don’t make Animal angry. 7 of 15
    Don't make Animal angry.
    The reporter is clearly trembling in fear, and you can see Animal's handler is keeping a firm hold on him.

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Ted Eytan)
  • EL-MO! We won’t go! 8 of 15
    EL-MO! We won't go!
    The naptime rallying cry of toddlers everywhere.

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Ted Eytan)
  • PBS logo has a sad. 9 of 15
    PBS logo has a sad.
    I feel your pain. I'm going to cry if public television loses its funding, too.

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Ted Eytan)
  • Miss Piggy 10 of 15
    Miss Piggy
    Looking fierce, as usual.

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Ted Eytan)
  • There were a LOT of reporters. 11 of 15
    There were a LOT of reporters.
    Some of them were even human.

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Ted Eytan)
  • Standing Together 12 of 15
    Standing Together
    This seriously looks like the most fun political rally in the whole history of ever.

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Ted Eytan)
  • Know Puppets, Know Peace 13 of 15
    Know Puppets, Know Peace
    A puppet holds a protest sign.

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Kathryn H. Smith)
  • Did you know… 14 of 15
    Did you know...
    That this guy's name is Sweetums?

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Kathryn H. Smith)
  • Beaker! 15 of 15
    Beaker!
    Beaker was always my favorite Muppet. But where is Dr. Bunsen Honeydew? Oh, there he is.

    Flickr/Kathryn H. Smith)

(Photo Credit: Flickr/Kathryn H. Smith)

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