The iconic Muppets may be coming to a street near you


NEW YORK (AP) — Big Bird, Elmo and stars of "Sesame Street" are leaving their quiet
neighborhood and embarking on a road trip.
The nonprofit Sesame Workshop said Tuesday a selection of Muppets will take part in a 10-city trip to
celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary campaign with free park festivals, live performances and
kid-friendly activities.
Steve Youngwood, the chief operating officer of Sesame Workshop, says the tour is both "a nod to the
work we’ve done and a nod to the work we’re going to do" but also "a celebration and reward to
everyone who helped us get here."
The Muppets will spend Friday-Sunday in each city, filming segments for the show with local kids and
highlighting people and places important to the community. There also will be activities like a giant
maze, a treasure dig, photo opportunities, sweepstakes and a cookies-and-milk snack station.
The tour starts June 1 in New York and then has Saturday celebrations in Washington, D.C., on June 8;
Pittsburgh on June 15; Detroit on June 22; Chicago on June 29; Dallas on July 6; Kansas City on July 13;
Denver on July 20; Seattle on July 27 and Los Angeles on Aug. 3.
"It brings together who we are — from the show to the local community organization to the fans — in
a way that we had absolutely never done. It’s amazing. You think 50 years and things we’ve never done
before: This level of local engagement in a comprehensive way is something we’ve never done. And we’re
really, really excited."
The 50th season of "Sesame Street" kicks off in November with a star-studded primetime special
that will include new takes on classic segments and visits from "Sesame Street" icons.
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