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Attention Day of the Dead Heads: Parade needs your vote!

OK, all you Day of the Dead Heads... Are you ready to pull a few strings to put $20,000 more puppets in downtown Fort Lauderdale's annual Día de los Muertos parade?

Your vote in the Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice Award balloting could be the difference in determining whether the lone Broward County finalist can beat out four from Miami-Dade County for the $20,000 grant.

Not to get too parochial, but it's hard to imagine a more deserving group than Jim Hammond's Broward-based Puppet Network, which puts on the annual Day of the Dead parade, a community-celebrating processional that again drew hundreds of families and the fiendishly fashionable to Fort Lauderdale's Riverwalk on Nov. 2.

The Puppet Network proposal would use the $20,000 grant to “engage more South Floridians in its Mexican Day of the Dead celebration, which includes a giant puppet parade, mask workshops and family-designed altars to loved ones.”

Last year, the Arts Garage in Delray Beach beat out four Miami-based organizations for the People's Choice Award.

The Knight Foundation will be collecting votes via text message through Friday, Nov. 15 (to vote for the Puppet Network, text ARTS4 to 22333). The winner will be announced at a Dec. 2 gala at Miami's Arsht Center.

The other finalists, all well deserving, are: Indie Film Club Miami (text ARTS1); the nonprofit Mapou Cultural Center in Little Haiti (text ARTS2); The Motivational Edge, an arts, education and life-skills program (text ARTS3); and writer-actor-director Teo Castellanos D-Projects (text ARTS5).

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