Santa Clara’s Parade of Champions is coming back to historic downtown

The Santa Clara Parade of Champions is returning on Oct. 9 to celebrate the community’s heroes. The Parade has been around for more than 50 years and is back in person this year after hosting a virtual Parade in 2020.

The Parade begins at 11:00 a.m., with Opening Ceremonies starting at 10:30. There will also be a Farmer’s Market from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Homestead Village Community Booths from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and “Salsa on the Square” from 1:30-5:00 p.m.

‘Krazy’ George Henderson, who taught electronics at Buchser High School in 1975, will serve as a 2021 Grand Marshall. Henderson is now a professional cheerleader, known as the inventor of The Wave.

Since its establishment in 1945, the non-profit Santa Clara Parade of Champions has been “bridging communities in Santa Clara and beyond” as a “celebration of people, non-profits, businesses, organizations, and traditions,” according to its website.

Click here for a map of the Parade route and to find out more about the programmed activities for Parade Day. Bleacher seats can also be reserved here.