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Stuffed animals given to public safety officials then distributed to children throughout community who need comfort in times of crisis

KEVIN PAUL PHOTOGRAPHY - A team of local royalty help Clackamas County public-safety officials collect teddy bears for children in need.PHOTO COURTESY: TRACEY GRISHAM - The 2018 Miss Rodeo Oregon Jessi Cornforth rides past the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.About 1,500 stuffed animals were PHOTO COURTESY: TRACEY GRISHAM - Abernethy Performing Arts entertains spectators along the more than mile-long parade route in Oregon City.collected Saturday, May 19, during the 21st Annual Teddy Bear Parade in Oregon City.

The parade had 43 groups with over 1,000 people participating in the parade, plus the entire route was lined on both sides of the street with spectators.

One of Oregon City's signature events, the 1.1-mile processional has been a community highlight in Clackamas County to gather new teddy bears and PHOTO COURTESY: TRACEY GRISHAM - Oregon City Police Officer Mike Day served as this year's grand marshal in the Teddy Bear Parade.stuffed animals that are given to law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency rooms, children's hospitals and women's shelters in Clackamas County. These stuffed animals are then distributed to children throughout our community who need comfort in times of crisis.

This year sponored by Citizen's Bank, the parade is also a time to honor emergency personnel who protect the entire community. Oregon City Police Officer Mike Day served as this year's grand marshal, and Clackamas Fire again participated in the parade, this year with two fire vehicles.

PHOTO COURTESY: TRACEY GRISHAM - Ogden Middle School's marching band gets ready to go along the parade route from the Clackamas County Courthouse.

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