Pioneer Day Parade& Day of Events
Pioneer Day Parade
The Pioneer Day Parade starts promptly at 10 am on Saturday, October 8th in downtown Paso Robles. The parade route starts at 16th and Spring Street and ends surrounding the Paso Robles City Park.
It is fun for the entire family. Bring your favorite lawn chairs, hats and sunscreen and plan on a memorable experience.
You can expect to see Antique Tractors, Horse- drawn Wagons, Marching Bands, Mounted Equestrian Groups, Youth Groups, Church Groups, Civic Groups, Floats, vintage cars, fire engines, military vehicles and more. Oh - and did we mention tractors?!?
The first Pioneer Day was held on October 12, 1931. It was organized by community volunteers working with generous donations of time, materials and money from individuals, businesses, churches and service organizations. Their goal was to provide a day of community friendship and a commemoration of the heritage of the Paso Robles area. It would also become a day set aside to say "Thank You" to all of the people who support the business and professional community of the area throughout the year. Most businesses closed so that their employees could enjoy and participate in the activities and family reunions. There were to be no charges for any of the events, no commercial concessions and lunch would be provided at no cost.
It's Unique... THE WHOLE DAY IS FREE and entirely funded by the business people and dedicated citizens of our area who say: "Leave Your Pocketbook at Home" Come, celebrate in friendship!
2016 Pioneer Day Poster
Cick here to see a larger image of the poster
Watch the Parade circa 1930Click the arrow to view the movie
Click here to view past videos of the
Pioneer Day Parade on YouTube
Click here to view a slide show of the 2008 Pioneer Day
Parade hosted by Central Coast Virtual Tours
Click here to see many parade photos taken over the years
by Dave Skinner Photography
2014 Pioneer Day Results & Awards
Cick here for Parade Results
Click here for Children's Pet Show Results
Click here for Little Cowboy & Cowgirl Contest Results
Click here for Horseshoe Pitching Contest Results
Click here for Whiskerino Contest Results
COME ONE! COME ALL! You're invited to help us celebrate the 86th Annual Pioneer Day Parade on October 8th! We want YOU involved! Your school or group, can gain valuable exposure while contributing to your community through the tradition of Paso's wonderful 86 year old parade. Just create a float, vehicle, or mounted animal entry, and your group could win CASH PRIZES! The Theme for this years' parade is "The Great Depression of 1931, 86 years later". We hope you will take this opportunity to showcase your class, club or group, and have a great time doing it!
There is no charge to participate in any of the many family oriented Pioneer Day activities! Click the event title links below to download and print the applicable entry form. Additionally entry forms are available for pickup from the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce and the Paso Robles Main Street Association.
Parade Entry Form
Parade Participation Waiver (required!)
Sponsor a Tractor or Wagon
Bring Back the 20 Jerk-Line Mule Team
Please note: Advance entry forms are NOT required for the Pet Show and Little Cowboy, Cowgirl and Pioneer Boy and Girl contest.
Cowboy & Cowgirl Contest