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Gresham celebrated Soroptimist's annual Teddy Bear Parade as it made its way through downtown

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The 36th annual Gresham Teddy Bear Parade was a chance for the community to celebrate Saturday morning, Sept. 29.You never know what you will see during the Teddy Bear Parade — bears riding horses, dogs driving cars, clowns, bands, karate masters and even Santa Claus. But the one guaranteed thing during the annual celebration is that the thousands who flock to downtown Gresham will all have huge smiles on their faces.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - You never know what youll see at the Gresham Teddy Bear Parade, like a bear riding a horse. The 36th annual Teddy Bear Parade, organized by Soroptimist International of Gresham, continued its tradition of bringing what seems like the whole city out to celebrate while supporting good causes Saturday morning, Sept. 29. The school districts, law enforcement and fire department, elected officials and hopeful candidates, nonprofit organizations, businesses and many others comprise the bulk of parade participants. This year's parade had more than 100 entries and almost 2,000 participants winding through the streets of downtown.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The streets of downtown Gresham were lined with thousands of people enjoying the Teddy Bear Parade, many joined by their stuffed-animal friends. Of course, the teddy bears theme was embraced as always. Most of the floats and people walking had their favorite stuffed friends along for the ride, while the hundreds of kids watching brought their own.

While the parade is focused on fun, everything supports the good causes the Soroptimists champion. The group is able to use the support from more than 35 sponsors, including important partners Weston Kia and Mt. Hood Community College, to fund scholarships, mentorship programs and career training for young women and girls.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Cha Cha the Clown had a blast during the Gresham Teddy Bear Parade.   parade.  The Soroptimists is a global volunteer network of women in 130 countries and territories that works to improve the lives of women and girls. The local chapter spearheads events throughout the year, including the Teddy Bear Parade, to support the community.

And if you can't bear the thought that you missed the festivities this year, have no fear. The Soroptimists are already thinking of ways to make the parade bigger and better for next year.

Check out all the photos from the event:

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Cheerleaders from Barlow High School were one of more than 100 entries in the Gresham Teddy Bear Parade.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Oregon Equestrian Trails horses were a big hit during the parade.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Gresham High Schools band got the crowds on their feet as they marched along Main Avenue on Saturday morning, Sept. 29.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Gresham Barlow Youth Softball players were one of the first groups in the parade.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The Teddy Bear Parade was fun for the whole family.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The horses were a big draw during the parade.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Thousands watched the Teddy Bear Parade.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The participants in the parade all had a blast.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - These dogs rode in the Gresham Teddy Bear Parade in style.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The most colorful float was made by the Multnomah County Animal Shelter.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The Gresham cheerleaders had their own bears with them during the parade.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - A resident watched the parade alongside Teddy, Gresham's bronze bear.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The Gresham Saturday Market had one of the most unique floats.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - City of Gresham's Jessica Harper marched with her family in the Teddy Bear Parade.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Todd Kirnan is getting used to being in parades.

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