Community is why we Celebrate

The Santa Clara Parade of Champions (SCPOC) has been a time-honored legacy in Santa Clara since 1945 when we welcomed home our WWII Heroes. Since then, generations of Santa Clarans have never forgotten the memories and sense of community that the parade reinforced year after year. Our 501c3 Nonprofit organization of grass roots volunteers are grateful to our Champions and Community Heroes for the generous support in bringing back the 50-year-old parade after a 24-year hiatus--we made history together!

In 2019, parade attendance was about 10K with 2K in the parade from around the Bay Area.  There were

amazing custom floats and numerous 20ft Balloons, marching bands from around the Bay Area, WWII Veterans, Rosie the Riveter, Blue Star Moms, professional and youth sports and community groups, cultural, civic and business leaders and our Charitable Partner JW House.  Even our Grand Marshals have deep roots in Santa Clara--Champions like Brandi Chastain, Jerry Smith, Carney Lansford, and Paul Rosa all came out in support of our historic return. 

 

Last year 2020 was also one for the History books--an unprecedented year of pandemic.  A total shutdown of life as we knew it around the world.  We are grateful for our community and frontline heroes who risked their lives daily to save ours and could not go without honoring their sacrifice of service to the community.

 

Together is how we got through the COVID-19 pandemic. With the help of a community grant by the City, sponsorships and the participation of all stakeholders from the community, SCPOC was able to produce a 2 hour commemorative parade video program to honor our 2020 heroes in a one-of-a-kind recorded Virtual and Live Stream event across our social media platforms and broadcasted on SC City Channel 15. We are proud and grateful for the community participation, sponsorship by our City Leadership, Youth and NPO, Schools, local Businesses in our first ever Virtual Parade of Champions. Proud of the District Home decoration contest City Wide. Santa Clara showed their pride and spirit for their heroes--we all needed that boost to lift our spirits through SIP.   

2021 SCPOC was our Victory Parade for our Community and Frontline Heroes!!!  We even had Krazy George as Grand Marshal--it was that kind of year.  We celebrated live, it was livestreamed, and broadcasted on Local Comcast SC City Channel 15.  Lots of Visibility for our Heroes! We had over 85 groups equating to 2K in the parade and 8K from the Community present. 

 

   The 2022 Parade of Champions returns to the downtown on Saturday, October 1st at 11am with Festivities all day ending with Salsa on the Square at 5pm--all to honor our COVID heroes. Sign up to sponsor, participate, volunteer or just subscribe for updates.  It's going to be memorable!