Big 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. Follow Zap2it on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest news and buzzPhoto/Video credit: PBS