Alarmed by Mitt Romney’s proposal to end PBS’s federal subsidy, fans of PBS organized the Million Puppet March. Dozens of supporters came armed with their own puppets and held a rally by the Capitol Reflecting Pool. There was a mix of store-bought Muppets and other home-made creations, and at least one marionette for good measure. Some photos from the event:

Jumping Creature

Puppet Team

Blue Friend

Big Puppets

Field Trip with Dad

Two of a Million

Puppets in the Capital

Funny Little Puppets

The Whole Gang

Baby in a Kermit Suit

Romney made his statement during October’s presidential debate in Denver. The full quote is:

“I’m sorry, Jim. I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you too. But I’m not going to — I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”

The federal subsidy to PBS is $445 million, which amounts to 12% of PBS’s funding. (See Here’s How Much Money Romney Will Save By Killing Big Bird.) The fiscal year 2012 federal deficit was $1.1 trillion.

The Million Puppet March had good approximations of famous Muppets like Sweetums, Animal, Sam the Eagle, Super Gonzo, and a cute baby dressed as Kermit the Frog. A life-size Domo-kun was there too.

More photos via the puppetmarch tag.

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