Thank you for celebrating our 43rd annual 
Colony Days Parade and Festival with us!!!

Stay tuned for news about next year’s event!

2016 Colony Days Theme

Saturday, Oct. 15 10 a.m. Parade

Thank you to everyone who participated! We had a wonderful day in the rain and so many people showed up for the parade despite the potential downpour.

We are so exhausted, and so ready for next year already. Please join us again for our 44th annual Colony Days celebration.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 21, 2017.

The 2016 lineup was as follows:

10 a.m. Vendor Fair
Sunken Gardens (ended at 4 pm)

10 a.m. Tent City 1916 Recreation
Sunken Gardens (ended at 3 p.m.)

1 p.m. Wiener Dog Races
Sunken Gardens

2 p.m. Colony Band Festival
Atascadero High School (Canceled for rain)
6 p.m. Tent City After Dark
Sunken Gardens (ended at 9 p.m.)


Big thanks to Toro Creek Ramblers and everyone who came out for

2016 Tent City After Dark
Bluegrass Concert

The Parade

Since 1974, the Colony Days parade has closed El Camino Real for a celebration of the founding of Atascadero, E.G. Lewis’ utopian dream, and the history of the city.

Our 2016 Parade Route
Our 2016 Parade Route

For 2016, we returned the beginning of the parade back to Pueblo Avenue, extending our parade route.

The Colony Days parade ran through Atascadero, on El Camino Real, from Pueblo Ave. to Traffic Way — 1.1 miles — beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.

Next year, we plan on making some minor changes to the route, but expect it to be down El Camino Real again. We want to thank the Atascadero Police Department for their help in road closures and policing the route! It went very smoothly!

The parade is free, as always, and you are invited to join us with an entry of your own. Look for our 2017 logo and theme to make an appearance in the next few months. Use your imagination to design a float, or simply recreate our logo in your own interpretation! Join the fun!

2016 Entries:

North County Color Guard

Atascadero High School Greyhounds Marching Band

Royalty/ Grand Marshal

City of Atascadero – Float

City of Atascadero – APD

City of Atascadero – AFD

City of Atascadero – Public Works

Atascadero Firefighters Association

Friends of the Atascadero Library

*Parade Flag Sponsors*

Atascadero Optimist

Atascadero Junior HS Marching Band

Atascadero Community Church

Stepping Stones Preschool

Joes Little Train

*Tent City*

Nicholas Mattson for Mayor

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Posse

The Learning Tree Preschool

Parents for JOY

Irene Bishop


BAND – Arroyo Grande

ED Galena

Gary and Flora

Republican Women

Atascadero Greyhound Foundation

Motion Academy of Dance

Estrella Warbirds

Debbie Arnold

Elks Lodge

AHS Leadership – Homecoming

Atascadero Fine Arts Academy

San Benito Road Elementary School

Paulding Middle School

Charles Bourbeau

American Heritage Girls

Atascadero Masonic Lodge

United Mustangs of America

Peterson U Cart

Jordan Cunningham for State Assembly

BAND – San Luis Obispo High School Marching Band

The Printery

The Haunt

US Forest Service

US Forest Service

Karin for State Senate

Shangri-La Ranch Adventures, Dude Ranch


Magic is in the Air

Esculea del RIO

Terri Switzer

Templeton H.S. Band (Talon Drums & Brass Corps)


Main Street Dance Company

Monterey Road

Dawn Ortiz Legg

Waste Management

Dixie Dominus Traditional Jazz Band

Cub Scout Pack 51

AHS Theater Arts

AYSO U10 soccer

AYSO U10 soccer

Jerry Car

Paso Robles High School

Thank you Kiwanis!