Who doesn't love a soft, fuzzy teddy bear?

Who <i>doesn't</i> love a soft, fuzzy teddy bear?

GRESHAM, Ore. - The streets of historic downtown Gresham came alive on Saturday as kids of all ages, and plenty of adults, showed up with teddy bears for the city's big annual 'Teddy Bear Parade.'

This is the 29th year for the parade, which is one of the city's biggest events.

Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis, along with City Council members, took the lead as participants fell in behind and followed them through town.

"I love the Teddy Bear Parade," Mayor Shane Bemis said in a release earlier this week. "It's one of the things that makes this community an incredibly special place to be."

This year there were more than 100 groups and around 3,000 people participating, according to Soroptomist International of Gresham, which organizes the event.

The parade helps Soroptomist raise funds for its organization but ask any member and they'll tell you it's mostly about the kids and giving them an opportunity to be involved in a fun, local event.

(All photos by Shannon L. Cheesman, KATU.com Producer/Reporter)