45th annual Colony Days parade, Oct. 6

Entries in the Oct. 6, 2018 Colony Days parade. (Photos by Camas Frank)

Celebrating with the theme “Mudhole Follies,” nearly 60 parade entries toured El Camino Real from Curbaril Avenue to City Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 6.

Floats included both the earthbound and the whimsical with everything from local candidates for political office doing some nearly literal barnstorming, to school bands and historic interpretations of spectacles going all the way back to the Jurassic period.

Colony Days began in 1973, as a celebration of the history and culture of Atascadero. Since then, it has held a parade each year since 1974, traditionally on the first Saturday of October.

The nonprofit organization which runs the event and coordinates several other Colony Days activities also picks their Grand Marshal and “Royalty” or the event from local notables who’ve spent much of their lives enriching Atascadero community life.

This year’s Grand Marshal Bob Brown, and King and Queen Lamon and Jeanne Colvin rode in a classic convertible behind the Atascadero High School Marching Band before taking seats with their families in the “VIP Booth” to witness the rest of the parade. After the event they joined with many of the other parade attendees in the recreation of Atascadero of a century ago held in Tent City, in the Sunken Gardens.

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Entries in the Oct. 6, 2018 Colony Days parade. (Photos by Camas Frank)


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