SANTA MONICA ( — The puppets are coming to the Southland – and not just the hand-in-sock variety.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports L.A. Puppet Fest is back for its second year of celebrating, sharing and promoting the art of puppetry through performances and workshops.

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More than two dozen events are scheduled between April 1 – 13 from Santa Monica to Hollywood, including an April Fool’s Puppet Ball, Live Band Puppet Karaoke, Sock Puppet Theater, a puppet film festival, and several puppetry workshops.

Organizers are also planning a Million Puppet Parade down Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, where participants are encouraged to bring a puppet, buy a puppet at the start of the parade route, or make their own at one of several free puppet-making tables.

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Immediately following the parade, organizers say there will be an official closing ceremony, a raffle drawing for prizes and even a “puppet dance off.”

“There is a big puppet scene; it’s kind of an underground-ish scene,” Puppet Fest Executive Director Roberto Ferreira said. “This is the first time we’re gonna make big noise and people will know we are here.”

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While Puppet Fest event prices range from free to $25 per person and are open to families, some events may have age restrictions or be considered adult-only programs “because some puppets, they say things that are not proper for children,” according to Ferreira.