43rd Annual Colony Days Parade

2016 Colony Days Theme

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 have returned the beginning of the parade back to Pueblo Avenue, extending our parade route.

The Colony Days parade will run 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.

The parade is free, as always, and you are invited to join us with an entry of your own. Our 2016 theme, “Celebrate Atascadero — Past, Present, Future” is a great way to get creative. Use your imagination to design a float, or simply recreate our logo in your own interpretation! Join the fun!

The Festival

Our parade is the centerpiece of our celebration, but it is just one of the several events of the day.

Our annual festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and continues to grow every year.

10 a.m. — Vendor Fair
At the Sunken Gardens

10 a.m. — Tent City 1916 Recreation
At the Sunken Gardens

1 p.m. — Wiener Dog Races
At the Sunken Gardens

2 p.m. — Colony Band Festival
At the Atascadero High School

4 p.m. — Festival Closes

6 p.m. — Tent City After Dark
At the Sunken Gardens