Updated: Oct 21

Voting Deadline was Oct 4th


It’s been a one of kind year—and the inability to gather as we once could has forced us to find new and creative ways to stay connected.  We thought a decorated front porch, yard or even a window would be a fun way to share your feelings about our 2020 Heroes!  We are grateful to our community heroes and front lines for keeping us safe, healthy and sane during COVID-19 even putting their lives on the line for us.  This has been a year we will look back on with Gratitude for years to come to our Heroes who led us through one of the most challenging years in recent history.  That said....


DRUM ROLL PLEASE!


Thanks to all those who participated. The Planning Committee are going to be reaching out to  the winners to coordinate safely this week for the distribution of your Prize basket and Certificates.  The Panel of Judges have tallied up the votes for the following Categories  and made their decisions based on the Criteria of best creative use of the Heroes theme in their display for categories 1 through 4 below.  Thank you...your Creativity shined!


  1. Winner of Best Themed House--Outstanding creative use of the Heroes Theme.  Entry #7 “Heroes Bright”  in District #5.

  2. Winner of Best Themed Display for an Organization/Nonprofit: Entry #4 JW House in District #6. Honorable Mention: Entry #12 Blue Star Moms in District i#5

  3. Winner of Best Themed Display for a Business: Entry# 15 Gillmor and Associates in District #5 Honorable Mention:  Entry #17 Taplands “Kindness is Sexy” in District #5

  4. Most Spirited District: District #5—Congratulation for having the most contest entries!


ONLINE PEOPLE'S CHOICE 

The Public decided on the winner based only on the most votes submitted online


Thank you community for your participation in this fun and friendly contest. It really does take a village.  The contest was open to all in the community to participate. Creativity had nothing to do with it--it was all about being social.  We only asked you to choose your hero display accordingly, avoid politics and controversary. Our panel of judges were not involved in the selection of the People's Choice winner that’s why it’s called People’s Choice.


  1. People’s Choice— Entry #16 - National Fire Firefighters Prevention theme in District 5

Grateful for the community spirit and powerful positive messages and love shown to our  2020 community and front line heroes.   We hope next year we will be able to gather again in person to watch a real parade. Until then Stay Safe and Healthy Santa Clara!

Our panel of judges have visited the sites and are now deliberating on creativity and best use of the America’s theme for the following categories:


1) Home

2) Business

3) Organization/NPO

4) District participation


As for people’s choice—that was up to our public. The most votes wins.


Stay tuned...


In the meantime, plan on watching our livestream program emceed by Taylor Amarante. He will announce the winners on October 10th.


The show starts at 11am. It will be livestreamed right on our homepage!


Over 100 Entries in the 2020 SC Virtual Parade of Champions will be emceed by Taylor Amarante on Saturday, October 10th @11 am


Last year the 52 year old Santa Clara Parade of Champions (SPOC) was brought back by a group of determined Santa Clara locals after a 24 year hiatus to a crowd of over 10K. The newly formed nonprofit foundation was incorporated as a 501c3 in 2018, and with all the online features to do business in the 21st century. SCPOC has a website, a FB page and group, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube account--so many ways to connect with us. This is basically a whole new Parade of Champions ready for all things virtual in Silicon Valley.


What a difference a year makes! Enter COVID-19 and the world has been changed at least for now. If you weren't an online organization the struggle for survival in 2020 is real. It has forced business, events, sports and community groups to get creative and consider new online and virtual approaches to doing business and gathering safely while in quarantine. Nonprofits that could afford to skip 2020, elected to postpone their annual events to 2021.


Its was not an option for SCPOC to sit out 2020 mostly because too many amazing things happened this year that absolutely needed to be recognized and remembered--mainly our community and front line heroes who chose to risk their lives to save ours. It would be a missed opportunity not to commemorate this year's heroes on video .


Well, there is a first time for everything--so here we are 6 months later doing a livestream in simulcast across several media platforms and planning to broadcast on Channel 15 and 99. Keep in mind this is all new to us. Surprisingly we adapted quickly. Certainly if we can organize and fundraise a parade in 9 months we thought a video project with the right Media Production Company was doable in 3 months.


In this case, hindsight will indeed be 2020. Proud to say that the content of our Virtual Parade was created and submitted into our care (and a expert media production company) by our community for the community. I think we will all appreciate looking back on this year, and realize that the pandemic taught the community a lot about themselves, and who our heroes really are.


Going Virtual has been a one of a kind experience for SCPOC We felt it was the best approach to commemorating all the things that went right this year.


For those that submitted Videos to the Virtual Parade of Champions or participated in the America's Community and Front line Heroes Porch Decorating Contest--thank you! Never can have too many selfies so we invite you to grab popcorn and your favorite device and enjoy the show---just please send us one more selfie of your organization or friends and neighbors enjoying the watch party. Please post to our 2020 Theme Gallery Page here: https://www.scparadeofchampions.org/2020-theme-gallery.


Launch Party invitation:

Where: Go to scparadeofchampions.org or any of our social media platforms from FB, Instagram, Twitter.


After 10/10 you can watch: Channel 15 or 99 please check your cable provider for times. Or anytime 24/7 on our YouTube Channel.


Special Thanks to the City of Santa Clara for the Community Grant to cover our Media Production Services


Ana Vargas-Smith

SCPOC President

avsmith2014@gmail.com








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