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Santa Clara Parade of Champions!
The Santa Clara "Parade of Champions" has been a time-honored legacy in Santa Clara since 1945.
Although the parade was suspended in 1995 when the founder, Larry Marsalli retired, generations of Santa Clarans have never forgotten the memories and sense of community that it created for half a century.
Mark your calendar for September 28, 2019, for when the return of this classic Santa Clara Hometown parade becomes an annual event once more for all of Santa Clara to enjoy. A portion of proceeds will go to our charitable partner JW House. Sign Up as a Participant or become a Sponsor as the parade is literally right around the corner!
Santa Clara Parade of Champions (SCPOC)
Since 1945, the SCPOC has brought Santa Clarans together to showcase their Champions from Sports, Civic and Business leaders, Culture and Arts, to Entertainment and now Tech. The entire city would gather in its Historic Downtown (founded in 1852) to celebrate their heritage, community spirit, and pride every year. It has been one of the longest-running unifying events in the history of Santa Clara. Lifelong Memories were made, and community bonds strengthened for generations to follow.
On September 28, 2019, the Santa Clara Parade of Champions returns to its historic downtown center, and the celebration continues with Custom Floats and Helium Balloons where Art meets Technology, School Marching Bands, Drill and Cheerleading teams, STEAM and Robotic Clubs, Little League Champs, Girl and Boy Scouts, Veterans and ROTC, Dance/Gymnastics Schools, Aquamaids, Olympians and the World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard. The list is long because Santa Clara historically has always attracted diversity—now even more so as the center of Silicon Valley.
The Official Parade Route of the Santa Clara Parade of Champions will run through the beautiful Old Quad neighborhood in our historic Santa Clara downtown district.
The parade will start heading North on Lafayette Street. It will then make a left onto Benton Street and then make another left onto Monroe Street where it will continue in front of the reviewing grandstands. The parade will then continue along Monroe until it ends at the staging area near Buchser Middle School
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2019 Grand Marshals
Two Time FIFA World Cup Champion, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Coach and Broadcaster. In 2017 she was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, and in 2018 inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. She is a SCU Alumnus and has cofounded the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative through which women athletes can bring health, hope and wholeness to the community.
Top 5 Ranking College Coach in NCAA Division 1 Women’s Soccer. Won NCAA once and has won 10 West Coast Conferences and Head Coach for Women’s Soccer for the last 32 years at the Oldest Operating University in the State of California—Santa Clara University. Go Broncos!
Deep roots in Santa Clara Youth and Wilcox High School Sports. Carney’s baseball career began with Briarwood Little League—he made it to the 1969 Little League World Series, winning it for the US, this year marks their 50th anniversary since the big win. He followed that up by being drafted by the California Angels and placing 3rd in Rookie of the Year balloting and followed that up by winning the American League Batting Championship in 1981 In the late 80’s he was a captain of the Oakland A’s and he helped lead the A’s to Three Consecutive World Series with them winning it all in 1989, this year making their 30th Anniversary. Through all of baseball he is one of a handful of players who has won a United States National Championship Little League and MLB World Series.
Wilcox Head Football Coach, Baseball Coach and Athletic Director. Paul has over 20 years in coaching baseball and football and has helped lead the Wilcox Chargers Baseball team to 5 Section Championship, including a team that finished #12 in the country. In 2015 Paul took over the Wilcox Football Program and in 4 years led them to the CIF State Football Championship! He is a lifetime Santa Clara Resident and played both baseball and football as a student at Wilcox. His love for community sports fueled his passion for baseball and football and led him to his coaching in Youth Sports for Briarwood Little League, Santa Clara Lions Football and now his alma mater Wilcox.