Decades of Paso Robles tradition will be displayed today during the 80th Pioneer Day Parade — an event many longtime residents have taken part in since they were youngsters.
The first Pioneer Day was held Oct. 12, 1931, as a way for businesses to thank their customers. It’s also a day where community members aren’t charged a cent — the event’s slogan is “Leave your pocketbook at home.”
Paso Robles businesses and donors fund the festivities.
This year’s celebration of local pioneers will kick off at 7 a.m. as members of the Paso Robles Lions Club prepare beans in Downtown City Park at 7:30 a.m. for the public to eat free of charge at noon.
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Festivities are planned before and after the parade, which is slated to start at 10 a.m. and to go from Spring and 17th streets to Downtown City Park. The parade will feature this year’s royalty, Grand Marshal Don Keefer, Queen Carol Root Smeltzer and Belle Michela Cagliero.
There will be wagons, antique tractors, bands and floats. Many of the antique tractors were also featured at the Santa Margarita Best of the West Tractor Show held in June.
Other festivities include morning contests, displays and music.
For more information, visit www.pasoroblespioneerday.org.