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Thursday, April 07, 2016

UConn championship parade set for Sunday

The parade honoring the national championship UConn women's basketball team will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. at the State Capitol with a rally planned at about 1:30 p.m. at the XL Center.

Here is the complete release
 Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut, City of Hartford, and the Hartford Business Improvement District will host a victory parade and rally celebration on Sunday, April 10 in downtown Hartford to congratulate the UConn Women's Basketball team for winning the 2016 NCAA National Championship.  The parade will kick off at 1:00 p.m. at the State Capitol building and will be followed by a victory rally outside of the XL Center at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Parade and rally organizers are relying on private donations and business sponsorships to finance the event.  No state or city funding is used.

"The Huskies have dominated women's basketball this entire season and this eleventh national title is simply remarkable," Governor Malloy said. "Coach Geno Auriemma and the entire UConn women's basketball team have once again made our state extraordinarily proud.  On Sunday, we plan to celebrate their success by honoring them with another event to remember."
As in past years, this event is produced by the Hartford Business Improvement District in collaboration with the City of Hartford and the State of Connecticut, and a number of civic and business organizations.  Businesses may choose from several sponsorship levels ranging from $10,000 to $2,500 or less.  Those interested in sponsorship opportunities should quickly contact Jordan Polon at the Hartford Business Improvement District at 860-728-2289 or jpolon@hartfordbid.com.

The parade route will begin at the State Capitol building on the corner of Trinity Street and Elm Street.  It proceeds north on Trinity Street through the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch, turning right (east) onto Jewell Street, then left (north) onto Trumbull Street, and ending at the intersection of Asylum Street and Trumbull Street, just steps away from where the rally will be held in front of the main entrance of the XL Center.

There have been times when UConn seniors have had WNBA draft preparation commitments and have been unable to attend. However, orientation and other pre-draft preparations are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday so the entire team is expected to be at the parade.

Weather for Sunday looks to be pretty good with temperatures in the upper 40s and zero percent for precipitation.

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