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April 12, 2024

More details announced for UConn’s victory parade and rally Saturday; coach Hurley, players to speak

Contributed A map of the parade route.

Final plans for the UConn men’s basketball team’s NCAA championship victory parade and rally on Saturday have been announced.
A rally will take place around 11:30 a.m. in front of the XL Center featuring music, blue and white confetti, and comments from head coach Dan Hurley, several players, Gov. Ned Lamont and others.

The parade steps off at 11 a.m. at the State Capitol and proceeds north on Trinity Street, through the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, turns right (east) onto Jewell Street, turns left (north) onto Trumbull Street, and ends at the intersection of Asylum and Trumbull streets, where the rally will be held.

The parade’s lineup of marching units are (order subject to change):

  • Hartford Police Dept. Color Guard;
  • UConn Fire Truck;
  • Hartford Business Improvement District;
  • Magic Soul Drumline;
  • Eversource;
  • UConn Cheerleading Alumni Association;
  • Nassau RE;
  • CT Army National Guard;
  • FoxSports 97.9 FM;
  • Two Roads Brewing;
  • Fly By Night Jugglers & Stilt Walkers;
  • Travelers;
  • Avelo Airlines;
  • Coca-Cola;
  • Waterbury Career Academy High School Band Drum Line & Drill Team;
  • CT Realtors;
  • New England Honda;
  • UCONN Health;
  • Hartford Athletic;
  • Miller Lite;
  • Casella Waste Systems;
  • Key Bank;
  • Hartford's Proud Drill, Drum and Dance Corp.;
  • Mohegan Sun;
  • Bears Smokehouse Barbecue;
  • Hartford HealthCare;
  • LAZ Parking;
  • Hartford HealthCare;
  • Deep River Junior Ancient Fife & Drum Corps;
  • U.S. Congressional Legislators; 
  • Connecticut Legislators;
  • UConn VIPs;
  • UConn Police;
  • UConn Cheerleaders, Costumed Mascot, and Jonathan the Husky;
  • UConn Pep Band; and
  • UConn Men's Basketball Team, Coaches, Director of Athletics on Peter Pan Bus.

Expected speakers at rally, which starts around 11:30 a.m. on Trumbull Street, in front of the XL Center:

  • Hartford Mayor Arunan Arulampalam;
  • Connecticut Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz;
  • Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont;
  • UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict;
  • UConn Men’s Basketball head coach Dan Hurley;
  • UConn student-athlete Donovan Clingan;
  • UConn student-athlete Alex Karaban;
  • UConn student-athlete Cam Spencer; and
  • UConn student-athlete Tristen Newton.

The Hartford Business Improvement District said funds for the parade and rally were raised in just three days. No state or city funding was used.

UConn Athletics
The UConn men's basketball team celebrates its sixth national championship Monday night in Phoenix, Arizona.

The following businesses are contributing funds to the 2024 celebration:

  • Mohegan Sun;
  • UConn Health;
  • Eversource;
  • Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue;
  • LAZ Parking;
  • Hartford HealthCare;
  • Travelers;
  • Coca-Cola;
  • Nassau Financial Group;
  • Key Bank;
  • New England Honda;
  • CT Realtors;
  • Avelo Airlines;
  • CT Army National Guard;
  • Miller Lite;
  • Sam's Food Stores;
  • Two Roads Brewing;
  • PC Richards; and
  • The Brownstone Hartford.

 The following businesses are providing substantial in-kind services:

  • Manafort Brothers;
  • The Hartford Courant;
  • Mitchell Auto Group;
  • XL Color;
  • Dunkin Donuts;
  • XL Center; and
  • Peter Pan Bus Lines.


Many downtown Hartford parking lots and garages will offer discounted event parking. On-street parking is free on Saturday. However, on-street parking along the parade route and near the rally will be off-limits.

Click here for a list of parking locations.

For CTtransit temporary route changes on Saturday, go to and click on Alerts.

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