Sesame Street Celebrates Diversity With The Magical Wand Chase

By Allison Waxman

Muppets and kids alike celebrated the premiere of The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special at the historic Metrograph theater on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Young guests enjoyed healthy snacks, photos with their favorite Muppets (including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Rosita, Abby and Big Bird) and a special treat from the Cookie Monster truck following a screening of the special.

Many of those in attendance were connected to the Henry Street Settlement and the Grand Street Settlement, two organizations dedicated to supporting the community and helping families thrive.

Arriving on the “blue carpet,” the Muppets underscored the importance of accepting differences and treating each other with kindness, which is also the message of The Magical Wand Chase. As the Muppets set out to search for Abby Cadabby’s lost wand, they discover new neighborhoods and customs which make the world feel smaller.

Big Bird noted, “even though we seem like we’re really different, we celebrate that, but we also are kind of the same in a lot of ways.”

Rosita who said it felt like she was in China when they visited Chinatown, stated, “We have to explore our neighborhoods and meet the people around them because now we have wonderful friends!”

“Everybody has something magical and special about them,” Abby reminded the guests. “And the things that make us special are the things that are different and the things that make us special are the things we have in common!”

For Cookie Monster The Magical Wand Chase had a specific highlight: “Me got to go in the hot air balloon! It was fun. And me got to eat the churro!”

“Elmo’s favorite thing about Sesame Street is learning about all the different cultures that we have,” the monster emphasized. “The secret to being a good friend is being kind to everybody.”

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