Special thanks to our Committee, City leadership and Community for all you have done to bring back this 50+ year old tradition these past 2 years!

The year 2020 has been a nonstop year of surprises and extremes. Many highs and lows but also some very amazing examples of heroism. If nothing we have learned how to Plan for detours and how to handle each zig and zag along the way. Despite the unpredictability we managed to celebrate the many amazing community leaders, front line and essential workers and heroes at 11 am on October 10th this year--thanks to the powers of gratitude, duty, virtual reality and Zoom.

What can we expect for the 2021 Santa Clara Parade of Champions? If all goes well with vaccinations, masking and social distancing, a return to an open economy and approvals by County Leadership--expect Plan A. On October 9th at 11am in Downtown Santa Clara's we will host a live parade. And if Plan A doesn't work then Plan B will a Virtual Parade of Champions. There are so many things that go right we don't want to miss an opportunity to shine a light on all that is good in our community. I hope you will join us whether its Plan A or Plan B. We are grateful for your continued support.

That said, I often wonder what if Albert Einstein could be here in 2020 with us right now, what would he tell us? I came across this classic quote and it seems like the most resolute approach to this one-of-a-kind year: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow". Cheers to our Santa Clara Champions of 2020...we look forward to gathering again next year!

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Updated: Dec 17, 2020

Santa Clara Rotary is making Christmas a bit merrier in 2020

COVID-19 has certainly changed how we gather and celebrate for the holidays. Kids are missing out on school days, and the camaraderie of their Teachers and school friends. But where there is a will there is a way so this year Santa Clara Rotary, a sponsor and community supporter of our Santa Clara Parade of Champions, has modified their Christmas4Kids event to make sure it complies with SC County COVID-19 guidelines. This year Santa and his Rotary elves on Friday, on Dec 18th will practice social distancing, wear a mask, hand sanitize while distributing coats and toys at our "Drive Through" event. We have invited 150 children ages 5-12 from underserved households within the SC Unified School district to receive an unwrapped coat, toy and a goodie bag.

Everyone in the Community is welcome to donate an unwrapped coat or toy valued at $25 or less--if you can. You shop and drop off your gift at Santa Clara Police Department, Mission City Grill or Armadillo Willy's or if you prefer shop online at our Amazon Wish list https://amzn.to/32BjZMO Amazon will deliver your package directly to Santa's Work Shop for you. If you miss the Dec 18th event deadline, don't worry your gifts will be distributed by Rotary to the Family Resource Center located for Christmas.

We are grateful and blessed this year for all our community and front line heroes volunteering and working keep us all safe and healthy during this unprecedented pandemic. Proud to call myself a SC Rotarian as well. To learn more about SC Rotary community events and how you can participate go to www.SantaClaraRotary.org

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Special Thanks to the Community, SCPOC Core, Ray Pulver, Greg Green, Taylor Amarante, Kevin Wing Productions and Beyond Blue Pix for bringing the Tech to a 52 year old tradition!

Santa Clara Parade of Champions has a long history dating back to 1945. The post WWII boom and the birth of Silicon Valley changed the landscape of Santa Clara Valley forever but it didn't change who we are as a community. Although the parade was born at the center of Silicon Valley, if not for this pandemic 75 years later we might never have taken this giant leap into virtual cyberspace. The year 2020 has been an unprecedented year for SCPOC and our community. We learned Zoom and how to navigate online collaborations, hired professionals to guide us through all the moving production parts and expertise. We worked with parade pros, webmasters, stage techs, studio green screens, production and editing teams, social media integration and live stream technology, expanded our social media to a 24/7 YouTube Channel--all this to celebrate what went right this year because of our amazing community and front line heroes. We knew this was a historic landmark year one that we will be look back on for decades to come and the only way that made sense was create our own movie with a little help from the pros.

Below is a photo of the morning prep at the SF Studios of Beyond Pix and our Stage and production team members--it was amazingly well orchestrated multi task event. The two hour video opens to joyful images of the 2019 parade after a 24 year hiatus.

That segue moves into an energetic by our livestream emcee Taylor Amarante, the Earthquakes in house announcer, and one of our SCPOC founders and President, Ana Vargas-Smith to thank our 2020 community leaders and heroes. Taylor does an amazing job of interacting and multitasking with the Chat audience. The video then open to our a rendition of our national anthem followed by the next pre-recorded segment with Mayor Lisa Gillmor, City council and our heroic essential city front line heroes that kept us safe, healthy, protected and informed during this unprecedented pandemic.

Although you can't see it, behind these well orchestrated livestream scenes led by Taylor Amarante, we have Beyond Pix and Kevin Wing Productions team managing the organized chaos--its good to have Emmy award winning pros on the team to make it all look easy. Kevin has 30 years of experience as a journalist, TV anchor, documentarian and industry relationships--all that made for a quality final community project that ticked all the boxes in making this commemorative video.

Most importantly, none of this could have been made without the content of 120 videos recorded and submitted by our community leaders, heroes, nonprofits, businesses, sponsors and individuals who felt as strongly as we did about this unforgettable year. Special thanks to our SCPOC Core team for the countless hours doing the outreach by email, zoom and yes--the phone calls-- to make sure we coordinated the video process seamlessly and included everyone who wanted to participate in this virtual collaborative process.

In the meantime stay safe and healthy until we can gather again on October 9th 2021--the next Santa Clara Parade of Champions. It promises to be even bigger judging from all the feedback. We love you Santa Clara, you make us all proud.

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