By Robert Haugh
After an absence of 24 years, the Mission City’s beloved Parade of Champions returned.
We went. We had fun. We took some selfies.
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The return of the much-anticipated parade, which was at one point the second-largest parade in California included floats, balloons, marching bands, local community organizations, local youth sports teams and businesses.
Grand marshals were Wilcox alum and former Oakland A’s star Carney Lansford, soccer icon Brandi Chastain, legendary SCU soccer coach Jerry Smith and Wilcox High Coach and athletic director Paul Rosa.
Community spirit and pride were flowing like champagne after a World Series victory. The entire City Council: Mayor Lisa Gillmor, Vice Mayor Patty Mahan, Councilman Raj Chahal, and Councilwomen Kathy Watanabe, Debi Davis, Teresa O’Neill and Karen Hardy participated in the City’s float.
Santa Claran of the year Dorothy Rosa was featured as well. Many other local dignitaries, past and present attended, such as District 4 County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg and Lobbyist and Former Councilman Kevin Moore, who helped with Parade fundraising efforts.
The parade last took place in 1995. Parade founders Larry Marsalli and Ed Cunha had family members on-hand for the festivities.
There’s plenty of Champions to celebrate in Santa Clara. We look forward to another 50 years of parades.