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Puppets take over Times Square

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 01:14

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders puppets celebrate World Puppetry Day on Times Square.

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: New York's Times Square is the stage for a giant puppet show as puppets and their masters gather to Celebrate World Puppet Day. The event was hosted by Avenue Q, a Broadway musical starring both people and puppets. Puppeteer Ben Durocher hopes the event will boost interest in the art of puppetry. "Puppetry is an art form that can be appreciated by all audiences, adults and children alike." While celebrated by puppet-lovers around the world, the celebration in Times Square had a political tone, when puppet versions of two of the candidates for U.S. president made an appearance - Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. "You know what, all the other candidates are all puppets because they will take money from anybody," a Donald Trump puppet said. "That's right. We don't take any money from China, any money from Mexico, none of that. We are made here in America," another Trump puppet agreed. The puppet version of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that he wants to make the world safe from alternative hairstyles. "This hair is the result of global warming," he said pointing at his own hair. "And this hair just might be the cause of it," he added pointing at a Donald Trump puppet. World Puppetry Day was first created by Iranian puppet artist Javad Zolfaghari in 2003. It was commissioned by the International Puppetry Association and is marked around the world on March 21.

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Puppets take over Times Square

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 01:14