The Pioneer Day Parade is a continuation of a great Chico
tradition dating back to around 1917. The Spring Parade in Chico
has seen many name changes throughout the years, Pioneer Days,
Rancho Chico Days, and for five years was known as the Celebration
of People Parade. Despite the name changes, Chico's Spring
Parade has established a history of being the premier parade
north of Sacramento.
The Committee's main goal is to continue one of Chico's most
loved and appreciated community events. For this to be
accomplished, the Spring Parade must gain the support of all
elements of the Chico Community. Among our first achievements
was to gain the cooperation, endorsement and assistance of the
Downtown Chico Business Association. We share the belief with
the D.C.B.A. that the Parade is a great asset to Chico's
downtown businesses. To that end our committee is working with
the D.C.B.A. to make the day a special one for everyone.
Historically, the first Saturday in May has been the established
date of Chico's Spring Parade. Accordingly, all other parades in
the other North-State towns and cities have scheduled their
annual parades and events around Chico's Spring Parade to avoid
conflicts, thus securing a place for the Spring Parade in the
North State's annual calendar.
The Celebration of People Parade was created to bring the Chico
Community together to celebrate the diversity of people and
cultures that make up our Northern California service area. COP,
Inc. has held true to that mission by reaching out to local and
regional schools and youth organizations.
On May 5, 2001 the COP, Inc. successfully held the first
Celebration of People Parade under our stewardship. Funding was
provided by individual and corporate sponsorships and media
donations of advertisement.
In 2004, the parade, by a popular vote, the parade was renamed
to "Pioneer Day Parade" therefore restoring the original theme.