The Parade is Back on September 26, 2020!

The Santa Clara "Parade of Champions" was a benchmark in Santa Clara for over 50 years. Inspired by the great efforts of previous founders, Larry Marsalli and Ed Cunha, their families, volunteers, community, civic and business leaders--our 501c3 nonprofit organization of volunteers chose to incorporate under new leadership, and with the support of  numerous sponsors and champions brought the parade back after 24 years on September 28, 2019.  It certainly takes a village to run the village.  There were over 2K in the parade and in total 10K in attendance.  The best memories since our childhood for all of us. Grateful to all our champions! With continued fundraising and community support , our plan is to make sure the parade runs for another 50 years.  


Become a Parade of Champions Volunteer


Staging Area: Volunteers Needed: 4

Duties Include:

  • 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

Participant Parking Areas: Volunteers needed: 2

Duties Include:

  • Direct traffic flow of vehicles

  • Direct parking locations

Parade route at street intersections and driveways: Adult Volunteers needed: 20

Duties Include:

  • 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

Parade Route Marshals: Volunteers needed: 15

Duties Include:

  • Ensure parade flow continues forward

  • Ensure parade units turn corner without problem

  • Report any problems

Announcer Stages: Volunteers needed: 4 (2 per stage)

Duties Include:

  • Greet announcers and judges

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

  • Ensure parade flow continues forward

  • Retrieve judge’s tabulation sheets for awards

  • Report any problems

  • Remain following parade to collect volunteer vests and radios


De-staging: Volunteers needed: 6

Duties Include:

  • Ensure parade flow continues forward

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

  • Report any problems

Volunteer Check-In: Volunteers needed: 2-4

Duties Include:

  • Check in volunteers

  • Provide volunteers with volunteer ID

  • Distribute volunteer information packages

  • Direct volunteers to assigned areas

  • Answer any questions of parade participants

  • Direct media to media area

  • Remain on site following the parade

  • Assist with clean up of area

Sponsor Banner and Car Sign Distribution and Collection: Volunteers needed: 4

Duties Include:

  • 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 VIP’s and Special Guests


VIP Vehicles Coordination: Volunteers needed: 2

Duties Include:

  • Post proper car sign on VIP vehicle

  • Greet VIP and escort to car they are riding

VIP Seating Area: Volunteers needed: 3 (minimum)

Duties Include:

  • Greet and check in VIP guests

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

  • Show guests to seating areas

VIP Hospitality and Reception: Volunteers needed: 6

Duties Include:

  • Assist with coordination of VIP Reception

  • Greet VIP’s and escort to staging location

Banner Carriers: Volunteers needed: 20-30


Professional Floats: Assistants needed: 6


Balloon Handlers: Volunteers needed: 10-100

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Santa Clara Parade of Champions is a 501c3 Organization

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