The ultimate block party: ‘Sesame Street’ turns 50
Simply saying the words “Sesame Street” can bring a smile to anyone’s face. It’s the kind of show that needs no synopsis or explanation. It’s been a fixture for generations, and now the most famous kids show in history is celebrating 50 years on the air!
It all started back in 1969, set on the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty. It was a street where people, birds and monsters all lived in perfect harmony. It helped prep kids for school, whether they lived in the countryside or the inner cities, and taught kids that everyone is equally deserving of respect. Now, “Sesame Street,” which airs exclusively on HBO, reaches kids in 150 countries and 70 languages, and its message is still heard loud and clear.
To honor its 50th anniversary, the iconic show is celebrating with community events, a multi-city road trip and a star-studded HBO special. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared May 1 to be “Sesame Street Day,” as a Manhattan street was renamed in honor of the show.
And starting in June, Big Bird, Elmo and the rest of the gang are hitting the road, embarking on a road trip across the U.S. to make new friends nationwide. The 10-city event will showcase all of the good that “Sesame Street” and its non-profit organization, Sesame Workshop, can do in communities all over the country.
The 50th season of the groundbreaking show will focus on the power of possibilities, empowering kids to take safe risks and learn from their mistakes. It culminates with a primetime special, airing on both HBO and PBS this fall and featuring celebrity guests, new takes on classic segments and visits from classic “Sesame Street” icons.
So, prepare to celebrate 50 years of the coolest street around and the amazing characters that live there.