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Rich History of the Parade of Champions and Saint Clare


The Santa Clara Parade of Champions has been a time-honored legacy in Santa Clara since 1945.

The Santa Clara Parade of Champions, for 50 years, has been a leading community building organization that raises awareness and funds for charity to serve those that need it most. Community building also includes partnering, networking, creating opportunities, and supporting other nonprofits that share the values of charity, education, service and volunteerism – it’s together that we can do the greatest good.

The parade showcased Santa Clara’s champions from civic and community leaders like the mayor, city council and manager all riding in vintage convertibles; to floats featuring local businesses, little leagues and scouts; school teams, olympians, Santa Clara Swim Club, Aquamaids, the police and fire departments; the newly crowned Miss Santa Clara and her court, as well as the S.E.S. Queen and Princesses – all proudly waving throughout the parade.

Saint Clare School has a wonderful tradition of being involved in the community and was represented by both students and parents in both the parade and the Homestead Village showcasing an informational booth. Parents were proud to share school community experiences with potential future Saint Clare parents.

Many alumni came by the booth to share what wonderful experiences they had attending Saint Clare School.

This year, the Parade of Champions remembered Larry J. Marsalli (June 4, 1926 – July 2, 2018). He was co-founder and Chairman of the YMI Annual Parade of Champions for 50 years. Mr. Marsalli was also a longtime parishioner of Saint Clare, ICF member and grill master (Italian Catholic Federation), and his three children also attended St. Clare School.