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Pioneer Day celebration returns for its 91st year 


Paso Robles Pioneer Day celebrates community resiliency

–After the past 17+ months, this community has proven once again that it is resilient. It’s believed that the original “pioneers” in the area endured many challenges in their lifetimes as well. This year’s Pioneer Day marks ninety-one years of the parade and activities.

The first Pioneer Day was held on October 12, 1931, and was organized by community volunteers, working with generous donations of time, materials, and money. Their goal was to provide a day of community friendship and a commemoration of the heritage of Paso Robles and the surrounding areas.

This year’s Pioneer Day Parade starts promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 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 lawn chairs, hats, and sunscreen, and plan on a memorable experience.

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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. This year’s float theme is “Blast from the Past,” float entries are encouraged to represent the theme in their float decorations, and the best depiction of the theme will win a cash prize of $300.

This event would not be possible without the volunteers, monetary donations, material donations and support from the community, local business professionals, service organizations, community members and sponsors. Support of any level is deeply appreciated. Sponsorship is a vital part of the funding effort to maintain this truly historic local tradition. To donate, click here:

Read about road closures related to the event here.

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