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Historic Downtown Santa Clara, CA  

Santa Clara Parade of Champions is a 501c3 Organization

© 2018 Parade of Champions

Proud Past, Future Force at the Center of Silicon Valley

SANTA CLARA PARADE OF CHAMPIONS

September 26, 2020 Historic Downtown Santa Clara

Welcome to our Community  

The Santa Clara Parade of Champions (SCPOC) has been a time-honored legacy in Santa Clara since 1945. Generations of Santa Clarans have never forgotten the memories and sense of community that the parade reinforced year after year. Our 501c3 Non profit organization of grass roots volunteers are grateful to our Champions for the generous support in  bringing back our beloved 52-year-old parade after a 24 year hiatus--we made history together!

 

Last year we had 10K in attendance and over 2K in the parade.  There were amazing custom floats and 20ft Balloons, marching bands from around the Bay Area, WWII Veterans, Rosie the Riveter, Blue Star Moms, youth sports and community groups, community, cultural, civic and business leaders.  Even our  Grand Marshals have deep roots in Santa Clara--Champions like Brandi Chastain, Jerry Smith, Carney Lansford, and Paul Rosa all came out in support of our historic return. This year promises to be bigger! Many ways to give back to the community.  Please sign up for updates so we can keep you posted on what is happening with the COVID19 containment.  Also Stay tuned--our annual fundraiser has been postponed to May (Date is TBD) due to recent bans by Governor Newsom on large gatherings and "Shelter in Place" mandates.  Grateful for your support so far.  We plan on celebrating with you soon!  

To purchase tickets, please click on the button labeled "Donate" (it also functions as PayPal "Buy" button) and put in the total of $65 x number of tickets you wish to purchase or $600 for a table of 10. 
 
The tickets will be available at will call at the event.

Our Mission: A Platform for doing Good

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.

Santa Clara Parade of Champions returns to its historic downtown center again, 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—then and now. We are the center of Silicon Valley.

The Official Parade Route of the Santa Clara Parade of Champions always will run through the beautiful  Old Quad neighborhood in our historic Santa Clara downtown district.
 

The 2020 parade route is TBD.  The Grand Stand and VIP bleachers are traditionally located on  Monroe street.  Tickets for the VIP bleachers and reception are included with the sponsorships. See our variety of Sponsoship Page for details. Stay tuned for updates...

2019 Grand Marshals

Brandi Chastain

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.

Jerry Smith

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!

Carney Lansford

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.

Paul Rosa

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.

2019 Parade Sponsors