You Down with PPP? (yeah, you know me!)

Our first Salem Puppet Parade Planning Meeting for 2018 will be:
May 6 | 3-4 pm
Ike Box, 299 Cottage St NE, Salem, Oregon 97301

Some ideas to explore include:

• a couple of puppet workshops to try out different mediums and techniques
• theme
• inviting a live marching band
• funding
• more people participating with huge puppets
• more spectators
• giving out candy
• inviting businesses to participate
• prizes!

If you would like to join our Salem Puppet Parade Planning Facebook page, please do so now!

Ask the Experts

Join us at Ask the Experts 2018
March 3, 1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Salem Public Library Main Branch
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

The Salem Puppet Parade will be there with a few puppets to try on for size. There will also be a lively array of activities and information will greet visitors as Salem Public Library hosts its fifth annual Ask the Experts event. Ask the Experts features a variety of local experts hosting activity tables on the main floor and special group demonstrations in the Heritage Room.

This event is free and open to the public, with activities to appeal to all ages. It is an open house, drop-in style event, so community members are welcome at any time during the afternoon.

Salem Puppet Parade 2018 Planning

It’s never too early to start planning! We’ve got the date for the next Salem Puppet Parade scheduled, Sept. 22 at the Open Street Salem event. But I’d love your help to make this event bigger and better than last year (although 2017 was pretty dang fun!).

So let’s start planning. Some ideas I’d love to explore include:

  • a couple of puppet workshops to explore mediums and techniques
  • inviting a live marching band
  • more people participating with huge puppets
  • more spectators
  • giving out candy
  • inviting businesses to participate
  • prizes!

Who wants to help planning? Drop me a line or two and let me know your ideas and if you’d like to help plan. The more, the merrier my puppet loving, art making friends!

Salem Puppet Parade 2017 Success

It was a fabulous day to parade down the closed streets of Salem! Check out some video footage from Open Streets Salem of the event.


Aren’t these amazing puppets created by seasoned and new puppet makers? We were honored to have Stephani Vrell Sachs of The Space Between and Children’s Educational Theatre Instructor come all the way from Seattle to help up out. We also made new friends. Shae Uisna and Carny Val came from PDX to join the fun and it was wonderful seeing how creative and different puppets can be. The artistry was remarkable, and I look forward to having more entries at the next event.

Ashley, Eddie, Emily, Penny, Link (Zapian Family) • Ava Foroughi •  Chirs Bradberry • Chloe Cooper and • Amy Chiao • Danielle Baca • Ellis and Dehlia Swanger • Emmy Vaughn • Jessica Ramey • Joy Lund • Marina Belloc • Shae UisnaStephani Vrell Sachs • Valerie Scott (Carny Val)

This event was 100% volunteer powered and thanks to the awesome volunteers we had the day of the event! A special thank you to Tim Giugni of Tears of Joy and Freddie Ruiz for helping us spread the word and connecting with the community.

Addie Hofer and Friend • Adrian Belloc • Ambrose Walker • Amy Chiao • Anisa Foroughi • Ashley, Eddie, Emily, Penny, Link (Zapian Family) • Autumn Davidson Hofer • Bella Ramey • Beverly Kanewske • Bonnie Davidson • Brian Tackman • Britney Schones • Chloe Cooper • Chris Bradberry • Christina and Ivan Vejar • Danielle Baca and Family • David Belloc • Deanne Beausoleil • Delane Damerell • Dustin Scott • Ellis and Dehlia Swanger • Emmy Vaughn • Gerard Gonzales and Family • Griselda Puga and Mother • Isabel Rojas • Jacob Zac • Jason Ramey • Jessica Ramey • John Teply • Jon Chayse • Joy Lund • Katie Zimmerman • Kimie Ueoka • Kudzai Kapurura • Kundai Kapurura • Kurt Tackman • Laura Mack • LouJean Fobert • Marc Nisenfeld • Maria Heredia-Walker • Marina Belloc • Natasha Zimmerman • Patti Tomlinson and family • Ronan Willette • Sawyer Willette • Shae Uisna • Shae Uisna • Stephani Vrell Sachs • Tara Hathaway • Valerie Scott (Carny Val) and Family • Will Ramey

We are excited to see what music, a few workshops, and a bit of funding can do to this project for 2018. Want to start planning? 🙂

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Ready, Set, Register!

It’s time to start making and we want to know what you are creating. Registration is free and you must register to participate in the parade.

Register Here

Open Streets Salem
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Check in at 11:30am, Parade Begins 12:15pm
Grant Elementary School to Salem Saturday Market

To find inspiration and tips on building puppets, visit our resource page.



In April 2017 community members gathered together to discuss the possibility of starting a Salem Puppet Parade. We felt a need to build community through engaging art making and performance. Larger than life puppets would promote art awareness, cultural and civic pride, and provide a platform for artisans to tell their diverse stories through art. This is the place where the wacky and weird gather to celebrate our quirks and unique stories.

We worked out a mission:

The Salem Puppet Parade

A community puppet parade that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate local ecology and rich culture of the valley through visual and performing arts.

And we want you to join the fun. Sign up to learn more about the parade. We’ll send you monthly updates to your inbox. This event can only be great with your support!

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