Pioneer Day Parade& Day of Events


October 8th, 2016

7:00 am - Traditional Bean Cooking Begins
Paso Robles City Park

8:00 am - Children's Pet Show
14 years and under
Paso Robles City Park Gazebo

8:30 am - Little Cowboy / Cowgirl Contest
Paso Robles City Park Gazebo

10 :00 am - Pioneer Day Parade
Starts at 16th & Spring Street

12 Noon - Free Bean Feed
Paso Robles City Park

12 Noon - Carnegie Library
& Historical Museum
Opens in City Park

12 Noon - Pioneer Park/Museum Activities
2010 Riverside Ave - Antique Tractor &
Wagon Display and Vintage Engine Show

12:30 pm - Concert in the Park Gazebo
The Carolyn Sill Combo

1:00 pm - Horseshoe Pitching Contest
Paso Robles City Park

1:00 pm - Whiskerino Contest
Paso Robles City Park

1:00 pm - Gymkhana is Back!
Paso Robles Event Center


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

2015 Pioneer Day Poster

Cick here to see a larger image of the poster


Watch the Parade circa 1930

This movie below was shot by Henry Boulware owner of Paso Robles Pharmacy during the 1930s.
It was edited by Karl Von Dollen and posted to YouTube by Holiday1960.
Click 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

Entry Forms
2016 Theme

Get Involved!

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 "Harvest Moon Over Paso". 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!)
Gymkhana Form
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.

Pet Show
Cowboy & Cowgirl Contest




Pet Show

Cowboy & Cowgirl Contest

Sponsor a Tractor or Wagon


Bring Back the 20 Jerk-line Mule Team