Santa Clara Parade of Champions needs YOU!

The Santa Clara "Parade of Champions" is the longest running event in the history of Santa Clara since 1945.  After a 24 year hiatus, the Santa Clara Parade of Champions was incorporated as a 501c3 in 2019 to fundraise and build community around the historic parade for our residents, businesses and NPO organizations.   With the support of numerous of volunteers, business sponsors, city and county grants --we are able to bring the parade back year after year.  The best memories then and now. Grateful to all our champions!

It's because of our community's volunteerism and pride that our nonprofit parade thrives--THANK YOU!

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COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS: We believe in Giving Back to the Community and reward with Community Service hours. If you are a student please use a google or personal email account when you sign up. If not School emails will bounce back because of firewalls that block non school emails. Please indicate if you are a Student in the Sign up form, bring your community service paperwork for signatures. Ask only SC Parade of Champions BOARD members such as Ana Vargas-Smith/Karen Ardizzone for signatures at the SCPOC Volunteer Booth at 940 Monroe Street Parking lot. 

PARKING: If you drive yourself, please park at University Plaza Center Parking lot at 1171 Homestead Rd. Santa Clara, CA.  If your driver needs to drop you off? Drop off point is at Homestead corner of Monroe. Short walk to the SCPOC Volunteer Check in Booth. Many of the Parade Routes will be blocked. Check event map for details.

SCPOC VOLUNTEER CHECK in BOOTH: located 940 Monroe Street in the Seniore's Pizza Parking lot. There we will give you a SCPOC T-shirt, lanyard with event map and SCPOC event Contacts. Please choose from the Parade Day Positions below--check shift times associated with the specific jobs below.

We offer YEAR-ROUND VOLUNTEERISM:  Corporate volunteer programs or Student Business Projects--we are always on the lookout for interns or volunteers of all ages who want to give back to the community by sharing knowledge, skills and talent in areas of social media and videos, event planning, PR, Business or Marketing.  Many creative ways to get involved. 

F/T or P/T shifts available. Please choose based on Job's Start time in the next box below
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Banner Carriers: Volunteers needed 20-30


Professional Floats: Assistants needed 6


Balloon Handlers: Volunteers needed 15-50

Participant Parking Areas:

Volunteers needed 2

  • Direct traffic flow of vehicles in and out

  • Direct parking locations

Staging Area:

Volunteers Needed 4-6

  • Assist with the marking of unit numbers

  • Provide information to participants

  • Assist participants to their staging number location Assist with traffic flow in the staging area

  • Assure no parking of vehicles not in the parade

  • Assist with the flow of units in the parade order of march

Staging Check in/Info Booth--Placement of Volunteers and Parade attendees:

Volunteers needed 4-6

  • Receive checked in volunteers from Main Event Area

  • Direct volunteers to assigned areas

  • Remain on site following the parade to pack up booth

  • Assist with clean up of area

Vehicle Sign Coordination for Community VIP/Honored guests

Volunteers needed 2

  • Post proper car sign on Community Dignitaries/honored guests--Blue Tape should not be visible and signage very straight for Photos Ops and News Media

  • Greet and escort to car they are riding

Community VIP/Honored Guests Check in/Seating Area:

Volunteers needed 3 (minimum)

  • Greet and check in Community Dignitaries/honored guests 

  • Provide parade information packages to guests at check-in.

  • Show guests to seating areas

Sponsor Banner and Car Sign Distribution and Collection:

Volunteers needed 4

  • Sort all banners

  • Unroll banners and prepare for parade appearance

  • Greet and assign banner carriers

  • Place banner in proper location in the parade line of march

  • Collect banners at end of parade

  • Distribute and collect car signs for Community Dignitaries/honored guests

Parade route at street intersections and driveways:

Adult Volunteers needed 20

  • Assist with traffic control on street in areas recommended by Police Department.

  • Ensure parade flow continues forward

  • Ensure parade units turn corner without problem

  • Report any problems

Block Captains: Located mid Block

Volunteers needed 15

  • Ensures parade flow continues forward

  • Ensures parade units turn corner without problem

  • Report any problems


Volunteers needed 6

  • Ensure parade flow continues forward

  • Assist entries to location to disembark any riders, out of traffic Show location of participant parking

  • Report any problems

​​​Main Event Stage: Coordination team for DJ, Judges and Announcer 

Volunteers needed 4 :

  • Need a Spotter for Announcer--reconcile Attendees numbers with Run of Show for announcer 

  • Volunteers will Update announcer and judges on any changes in order of march

  • Support Announcer, DJ and judges requests

  • Ensure parade flow continues forward--prevent GAPS and Delays

  • Retrieve judge’s tabulation sheets for awards after Parade and Give to Event Ops Team

  • Report any problems to Event Ops Team 

  • Run Main Event Information booth regarding Bleachers 

Main Event area:  VIP Sponsor Reception/Sponsor Bleacher Seats and Regular Bleachers

Volunteers needed 4

  • VIP/Sponsorship Sunrise Reception

  • Monitor Seating assignment for VIP/Bleachers and check wristbands 

  • Online Purchase of $30 bleacher seats

Main Event area:  Volunteer Check in Booth for all of Parade EVENT areas  

 Volunteers  4-6 

  • Parade Leads will check in Volunteers with Questions: Did they get confirmation of  emailed job assignment, if they watched training video if not do they need on the job training on the spot? 

  • Check in Volunteers on Spreadsheet,  Provide T shirt, and Staff Badge with Job Sticker (includes contacts and event map). 

  • Set up 7am to 8 am and Tear Down begins by 3pm to 4pm

Community Village: 10x10 spaces for NPO, Sponsors and Commercial vendors

Volunteers 6-8

  • Early morning Set up at 7:30 am and Tear Down by 3pm 

  • Map, Parking, instructions along with assigned Booth Numbers were emailed  by coordinator 

  • Vendor must Bring their own table, tent and chairs and sand bags if needed--not provided by SCPOC 

Green Team/Trash and Recycle

Volunteers 4-6

  • Confirm if you have a license.  There will be a Golf Cart Driver lead position.

  • All others will be assigned to a Golf Cart Driver/Lead

  • Provided with a Map with Trash Locations.  Route to be check once an hour.  Changed and dropped off at Designated drop off site

  • Report issues to Green Team OPs Team lead 

  • Final Trash Pick up is 5PM