Teddy Bear Parade History & Highlights

It is time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gresham Teddy Bear Parade!  Join us for the fun as the parade returns on September 24, 2022.  Please click below for registration, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.  More history will be made!

Gresham’s annual Teddy Bear Parade has been organized and hosted by the Soroptimists International of Gresham since the early 80’s. Originally a community “friendraiser”, this beloved East County institution now funds the Soroptimists programs to support women and girls as they strive to achieve their career goals & realize the empowerment of financial independence.  We are thrilled to bring the Teddy Bear Parade back to Gresham in 2022.  Please see below to register for, sponsor or volunteer in 2022!

Due to COVID, the Soroptimists had no choice but to cancel the 2020 Teddy Bear parade. Instead, MetroEast Community Media produced an hour-long documentary that reveals the origin and history of Gresham’s Teddy Bear Parade as told by the founder, Patricia Fiedler, along with parade hosts Carol Nielsen and Greg Matthews.  The second half of the program features highlights from past Teddy Bear Parades dating from 1995-2019.

We will be making more history on September 24, 2022 when the Gresham Teddy Bear Parade returns to downtown Gresham!

Parade Registration
Parade Sponsorship
Parade Volunteer