On Saturday October 9th, 2021 you will experience the Full Corps!


At last the Parade is back and we are all happy about it! Santa Clara Parade of Champions is working on their line up and so far we have 85 groups signed up to celebrate our 2021 Community and Front line Heroes--almost as large as the 2019 parade. There are 20ft balloons, Floats, Equestrian Color Guard, Multicultural groups, Spirit of 45, six marching bands and of course SCV will be performing in the parade's grand finale!


The Santa Clara Vanguard (SCV) Drum & Bugle Corps that was established in 1967 in Santa Clara, California and has deep roots and a long history of excellence in our community. The entire SCV organization strives to create a positive atmosphere where young people can grow and mature into responsible young adults; succeeding both as individuals and as members of a tightly woven group. Over the years, the Santa Clara Vanguard has developed a long-standing reputation for dignity and excellence.


SCV has the distinction of being the only organization to be a finalist in Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships since the inception of DCI in 1972. The first organization in Drum Corps International (DCI) history to have a World Class and Open Class Champion; along with being the first organization to have a World Class and Open Class (formerly Division II) corps in the elite Top 17 (Semifinals) of DCI World Championship competitions. The SCV organization has two competitive drum and bugle corps, the Vanguard and the Vanguard Cadets, the Vanguard Winter Guard, Winter Percussion and Community Arts Program. Santa Clara is proud of what they have achieved.


Leading the launch of the new SCV season is the new Executive Director Jeremy Van Wert, a former SCV A-Corps quad player, Jeremy has remained involved in the drum corps activity as an author, instructor, health and wellness consultant, and volunteer since aging out in 1998. His new Energy and Vision for SCV will make this upcoming year one not to miss especially after these last 18 months of pandemic.


Calling all SCV Fans, bring your chair or reserve a bleacher along the Parade route. We can't wait to celebrate together again on October 9th. There will be a full day of activities from 8 am to 5pm ending with Salsa on the Square. To learn more about how to spend your parade day in downtown Santa Clara go to www.scparadeofchampions.org

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A one-of-kind for a one-of-a-kind year...I think we can all use a little Cheer!


Many remember George Henderson as a Electronics Teacher at Buchser High School in 1975. But did you know that he also was a member of the National Championship Judo Team and the inventor of the "Wave"? His "Wave" act even landed him as a contestant on the 10th season of America's Got Talent. George is fearless when it comes to exciting the crowds and helping his team and fans win. A talent that has led him to a long career as a professional Cheerleader--many of those years supporting our local soccer team, the Earthquakes.


George is looking forward to firing up the crowds on Parade Day! Join us in celebrating our Community and Frontline heroes on October 9, 2021 at 11 a.m. in the historic Downtown. Festivities will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our latest Parade Program is posted online with everything you need to know to plan your day with family and friends. Bring a lawn chair or reserve a bleacher seat. This year we are offering $30 Bleacher seats as a Fundraiser to help cover our yearly parade costs. Tickets can be bought at our website store via PayPal. Grateful for your support of our nonprofit parade year after year.


Thank you for your great support of our 52nd Santa Clara Parade of Champions. We can't wait to see you there!

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Updates on how to navigate around the downtown on Parade Day


Our SC Parade of Champions NPO thanks the City of Santa Clara for their support/sponsorship of City services each year. There are many moving parts in our collaboration and the City Staff make it work seamlessly. Grateful for the help of Public works, SCPD and FD and our sponsors like Mission Trails for all they do to make our event safe for our parade visitors each year.

This year's parade route is .76 of a mile and is L shaped starting at Market Street near Buchser Middle School, located at 1111 Bellomy Street, and then it winds down Monroe Street past the Main Event Stage and Judges Table, then turns right onto Benton Street to its end near Alviso Street to the destaging area.


There are several options for parking in the downtown from street parking outside the route in the neighborhoods to free public parking with ADA options at the Parking Garage structure located at 1063 Alviso St at the corner of Benton--thanks to SCU generous support of our community event. Get there early to be closer to the event site. Roads will be closed between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the route during the parade.


The Main Event Stage is located on Monroe Street in front of Franklin Mall. ADA seating along the parade route is located at the corner of Franklin and Monroe across from the Main Event Stage.


Bring your own lawn chairs for the

family or enjoy bleacher seats at $30 each via PayPal at our website. Great views of the parade across from the Main Event Stage. All proceeds from sales of the bleacher seats go to cover our parade costs. We are a nonprofit 501c3--we appreciate your generosity in keeping our parade coming back year after year.


GREEN AREA: Pre-Parade Staging BLUE AREA: Parade Route RED AREA: Parade Disband Area


Parade Event Hours and Route impacts for Saturday, October 9, 2021 :


6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Limited for Residents Only (for Ingress/Egress see map)


8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Farmer’s Market


6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Jackson Street closed


9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Community Village


10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monroe Street closed


11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Parade


1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Salsa on the Square at Franklin Square


6 p.m. All roadways reopened


Emergency: For non-emergency situations (e.g. vehicle blocking a driveway, parking in front of a fire hydrant, etc.) call 408-615-5580. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1


Towed Vehicle Recovery: If your vehicle has been towed in Santa Clara, details about retrieving your vehicle are available at www.scpd.org or by

calling 408-615-4700


For more Parade Information: visit www.scparadeofchampions.org


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