Children from all over Metro Vancouver attend the Teddy Bear Picnic in Coquitlam each year. At the event there are fun activities, music and a parade.
SURREY CAR FREE DAY ON JUNE 11TH
A fabulous new event happens on the day before the Teddy Bear Picnic in 2022. The first annual Surrey Car Free Day event happens in the Newton neighbourhood of Surrey on Saturday, June 11th, from noon until 8:00 pm. It’s a free event with live music, market vendors and family-friendly activities.
The Teddy Bear Picnic & Parade
The Teddy Bear Picnic & Parade is a free annual event in Coquitlam that’s great for children.
In years when there isn’t a pandemic, you can watch from the sidewalk as the parade rolls down Pinetree Way from City Hall to Town Centre Park. The parade is usually made up of colourful floats, characters in costumes, and performers like stilt-walkers and musicians.
After the parade in the afternoon, you can hang out at Town Centre Park and take part in various activities. This includes puppet shows, gymnastics, some hands-on crafts and more. There are also the main stage performances which include singers, dancers and other entertainment.
The atmosphere and all of the different activities at the event are geared towards children and their families. The Teddy Bear Picnic advertises itself as a kid-friendly event and it focuses on giving the young ones a fun time. As the name suggests, everyone is encouraged to bring their teddy bears from home and let them in on the festivities as well.
The Picnic & Parade in 2021 and 2022
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event took place virtually in 2021. In 2022, the picnic is scheduled to happen in-person, while details about the parade are to be confirmed.
2022 Teddy Bear Picnic
The Teddy Bear Picnic is returning to its in-person format in 2022. It takes place on Sunday, June 12th, from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm at Lafarge Lake. Admission to the event is free, and food trucks will be on-site selling food as well.
As usual there is live entertainment on hand at the event. There are concerts from Mom Bop Band, Bobs & Lolo, Mr. I & The Rainbow Singers and Penny Pom Pom. As well, there are performances by Mellado Dance Elite, Club Aviva Gymnastics, Yuen Martial Arts and Darcy the Magician.
For more details, see the Festival Coquitlam website.
2021 Virtual Parade
Also in 2021, there was a virtual parade, although it took place separately. For the parade the organizers put out a form with which anyone could have signed up and participated. Those who did had one of the organizers stop by their house on either June 26th or 27th to take a photo. The pictures were included in a video posted on the Festival Coquitlam Facebook page sometime in July.
As of early June, 2022, there are not yet details as to what the 2022 parade will be like or if it’ll be able to take place.
For more information about the Teddy Bear Picnic visit the Festival Coquitlam website.
To learn more about the area see our article about the City of Coquitlam.
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