Grand Marshals announced for the Santa Clara Parade of Champions—the return of a 50-year-old Tradition!
In 1945 Santa Clara Parade of Champions celebrated the return of its WWII heroes. Over its 50-year history, its founders Larry Marsalli, Ed Cunha along with Young Men’s Institute, help to grow the parade into what became the 2nd largest in the State of California. The Parade continues to showcase its community champions from across all categories—Veterans, Civic, Nonprofit and Business Leaders, Education, the Arts, Cultural groups to Youth and Professional Sports—the list is long.
Fast forward to Saturday, September 28, 2019, Santa Clara Parade of Champions (SCPOC) returns to Santa Clara Downtown. This year’s festivities run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.—the parade will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The community’s response to its historic return has been wonderful: Over 11 marching bands from around the Bay Area, Vanguard, 9 floats, 8 balloons, schools, SCU, cultural groups, sports, and entertainment will be in this year’s parade—that equates to over 2000 participants registered so far.
To honor the historic return of our beloved parade we have an incredible line up of Grand Marshals all with roots in Santa Clara.
Brandi Chastain—Two Time FIFA World Cup Champion, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Coach and Broadcaster. In 2017 she was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, and in 2018 inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. She is a SCU Alumnus and has cofounded the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative through which women athletes can bring health, hope and wholeness to the community.
Jerry Smith—Top 5 Ranking College Coach in NCAA Division 1 Women’s Soccer. Won NCAA once and has won 10 West Coast Conferences and Head Coach for Women’s Soccer for the last 32 years at the Oldest Operating University in the State of California—Santa Clara University. Go Broncos!
Carney Lansford—Deep roots in Santa Clara Youth and Wilcox High School Sports. Carney’s baseball career began with Briarwood Little League—he made it to the 1969 Little League World Series, winning it for the US, this year marks their 50th anniversary since the big win. He followed that up by being drafted by the California Angels and placing 3rd in Rookie of the Year balloting and followed that up by winning the American League Batting Championship in 1981 In the late 80’s he was a captain of the Oakland A’s and he helped lead the A’s to Three Consecutive World Series with them winning it all in 1989, this year making their 30th Anniversary. Through all of baseball he is one of a handful of players who has won a United States National Championship Little League and MLB World Series.
Paul Rosa—Wilcox Head Football Coach, Baseball Coach and Athletic Director. Paul has over 20 years in coaching baseball and football and has helped lead the Wilcox Chargers Baseball team to 5 Section Championship, including a team that finished #12 in the country. In 2015 Paul took over the Wilcox Football Program and in 4 years led them to the CIF State Football Championship! He is a lifetime Santa Clara Resident and played both baseball and football as a student at Wilcox. His love for community sports fueled his passion for baseball and football and led him to his coaching in Youth Sports for Briarwood Little League, Santa Clara Lions Football and now his alma mater Wilcox.
Who doesn’t love a Parade? Come celebrate our local heroes and champions! It will be a day of community, family fun and stellar performances. There is still time to sponsor, participate, volunteer or join our network of non-profits who share our values of building community, charity, education and volunteerism, just go to www.scparadeofchampions.org. Special thanks to our Santa Clarans, for making us the longest running event in the history of the city! All net proceeds will go to JW House this year.
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