Parade, rally to celebrate UConn women’s basketball team victory

A victory parade and rally for the UConn women’s basketball team will take place Sunday, April 12 in downtown Hartford.

The parade will begin at 3 p.m. at the state Capitol building, and will be followed by a victory rally on Trumbull Street, directly in front of the XL Center, at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The UConn women won the 2015 NCAA basketball national championship on Tuesday night, defeating Notre Dame by a score of 63-53 in Tampa, Fla. It was the 10th national championship for the University of Connecticut women’s team.

‘Spirit and strength’

The Hartford Business Improvement District, the city of Hartford and the state of Connecticut are hosting the celebratory events. Parade and rally organizers are relying on private donations to finance the festivities.

“The UConn women’s basketball team, led by Head Coach Geno Auriemma, has for the third year in a row shown the nation that the spirit and strength of college basketball resides in Connecticut,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said.

“On Sunday, let’s show the team how proud we are of their success by honoring them with a victory celebration they will remember for a lifetime," Malloy said.

Parade route and sponsorships

The parade route will begin at the Capitol building on the corner of Trinity Street and Elm Street. It will then proceed down Elm Street moving alongside Bushnell Park, turn north up Trumbull Street, and end at the XL Center, where the rally will be held.

Businesses wanting to support the events may choose from several sponsorship levels, ranging from $10,000 to $2,500 or less. To discuss parade sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael Zaleski at the Hartford Business Improvement District at 860-728-2274 or email