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 and Community Heroes for the generous support in bringing back our 52-year-old parade after a 24 year hiatus--we made history!
In 2019 we had 10K in attendance and over 2K in the parade. There were amazing custom floats and numerous 20ft Balloons, marching bands from around the Bay Area, WWII Veterans, Rosie the Riveter, Blue Star Moms, professional and youth sports and community groups, cultural, civic and business leaders and our Charitable Partner JW House. 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. Go to our Sponsor's Page to see the highlights of our parade and learn how you and your organization can play a part in our beloved Parade.
Last year 2020 was also one for the History books--an unprecedented year of pandemic. We are grateful for our community and frontline heroes who risked their lives daily to save ours. With the help of a community grant by the City and the participation of all stakeholders in the community, SCPOC was able to produce a a commemorative parade program on video to honor our 2020 heroes. We are proud of our City Leadership, Schools and Community's participation in our first ever Virtual Parade of Champions. Over 120 videos were submitted and you can watch it at the link below. Thank you for your generous donation of time and sponsorship of this one-of-a-kind event! Together is how we will get through this COVID-19 pandemic. Stay safe and healthy. Mark your calendar for the next parade on October 9th, 2021--sign up for updates.
We are thankful to the City of Santa Clara for their community grant and the wonderful generosity of our sponsors
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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.
We are the center of Silicon Valley geographically--little known factoid. In our backyard is the historic home of the Ohlones, the site of the Santa Clara de Asis Mission founded in 1777 and the oldest University in continual operation in the state of California, where miles of fruit orchards in the Valley of Hearts Delight were grown and its fruit exported around the world, we supplied our military and allies with food and military planes, ships, as well as the birthplace of today's Tech industry. With all the amazing firsts, history, resources and strong diverse community ties, its no wonder that it became the location for our headquarters for the Santa Clara Parade of Champions for the last 50 years. Our mission is fundraising and giving back to our community in a variety of ways, to collaborate with our community members and nonprofits, and celebrate and showcase the contributions of our youth, residences, civic and business leaders--all that have made Santa Clara one of the top cities to live in California, according to the California Chamber of Commerce. But here at SCPOC we always knew that. Our mission is to continue to be a platform for doing good and bringing visibility to the hard working nonprofits and community members who volunteer countless hours to making our Santa Clara the place they want to build their lives for generations to come. We are grateful to be part of this diverse and thriving community --then and now.