Pioneer Day Parade & Day of Events

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


8:15 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 

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

12:30 pm - Whiskerino Contest (click to view)
Paso Robles City Park

1:00 pm - Gymkhana
Paso Robles Event Center

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!


Entry Forms

Get Involved!

COME ONE! COME ALL! You're invited to help us celebrate the 92nd 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 92 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 "Oak and Vine Traditions". 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.

Please note: Advance entry forms are NOT required for the 

Pet Show and Little Cowboy, Cowgirl and Pioneer Boy and Girl contest.

OCTOBER 8th, 2022



Pet Show

Cowboy & Cowgirl Contest

92nd Annual Paso Robles Parade

Whiskerino Contest Winners


Most Unique: Roger Miller

Best Mustache: Nick Otto

Fullest: Danny Lacy

Best Overall: Bim Peterson

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 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

Donations are accepted with thanks and pleasure

We are a 501 (C)(3) Non-profit organization 
Fed ID # 95-6097022