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Thursday, April 9, 2015



Parade Kicks Off at 3PM, Followed by Rally at the XL Center


(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the Hartford Business Improvement District, the City of Hartford and the State of Connecticut will host a victory parade and rally in downtown Hartford on Sunday, April 12, 2015 to congratulate the UConn Women’s Basketball team for winning the 2015 NCAA Basketball National Championship.


The parade begins at 3:00 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.


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,” Governor 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.”


The Governor specifically thanked the Hartford Business Improvement District for once again hosting this event, organizing its sponsors, and giving the residents of Connecticut an opportunity to celebrate another national championship from our state.


Organizers continue to rely on private funds to support the parade and the rally.  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.  To discuss parade sponsorship opportunities, quickly contact Michael Zaleski at the Hartford Business Improvement District at 860-728-2274 or email


The parade route will begin at the State 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.





Media credentials will be required to access the press risers (including mult box) on Trumbull Street across from the XL Center, and to enter the XL Center for interviews with the coaches, players and staff following the rally.


All requests for media credentials must be made via email by Friday, April 10 by 5:00 p.m.  To request credentials, email Patrick McKenna of the UConn Athletic Communications Office at


Once approved, credentials should be picked up on Sunday, April 12, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the press risers on Trumbull Street, across from the XL Center entrance.  On parade day, the credential pick-up contact is Laura Soll at 860-688-4499 or 860-833-4466,


For information on media staging on downtown city streets, contact Lt. Chris Mefferd of the Hartford Police at



Anonymous said...

Congrats to UConn Women's Basketball team!
Just make sure Segarra doesn't take all the credit for your championship during the parade, credit that your team deserves.

Anonymous said...

Who was the head coach of this great team, was it Pedro Segarra or Geno Auriemma? At least the latter delivers great results.

Anonymous said...

Geno = leader. Pedro = wimp.
Geno = solid organization. Pedro = total mess.

Anonymous said...

Segarra is crediting himself with bringing UCONN to downtown Hartford. Next step, crediting himself for the basketball championship.

Anonymous said...

Who needs Duck Boats and a complicated parade route?? Maybe Geno could put Fast Trak Buses and the Bus way to use.

Anonymous said...

Can you get Segarra out of this parade?

Anonymous said...

You're right, we don't need Segarra with all his stinky baggage. The Sunday parade should be honoring this great UCONN team, not Hartford filthy and corrupt politicians.


Good luck stopping Segarra and his over inflated ego

Anonymous said...

My understanding is that this parade is a celebration honoring Geno Auriemma and his winning UConn Women's basketball team. A participation by Segarra will only add a bad taste to this parade.

Anonymous said...

Geno Auriemma: Winner, winner, winner all the way.
Pedro Segarra: Loser, loser, loser all the way.

Anonymous said...

if we beg Segarra to stay home during the parade, do you think he will agree? How about paying Segarra to stay home during the parade?
Please note that we're not asking him to stay "Home Alone", Charlie Ortiz could stay with him.

Anonymous said...

Hey Kevin,, Since they spent "MILLIONS" of dollars renovating Park St just a few years ago, shouldn,t they utilize this fine neighborhood jewel as part of the parade route to show it off to the great citizens of Ct?? Since they paid for most of it ,I think it would be the respectful thing to do. I can see it now,,Mayor Pedro Seggara,in front of El Mercado , on top of the shoulders of one of his "VERY ATTRACTIVE BODYGUARDS" with a BULLHORN congradulating the UCONN womens team!!! They could end the parade with a rally in the South Green Park on Main St!!! (which also received a costly renovation recently,,CANT YOU TELL??) What do you think Kev,,,good idea???

Anonymous said...

Tomorrow is the parade. Show your love and support to the women's basketball team and when you see Segarra show him what you think about him.

Anonymous said...

Million spent renovating Park St. Just look to see its shape now. Who's responsible for this?

Anonymous said...

The only parade Pedro will NOT attend--never mind march in--is the Hartford Veteran's Day parade in November. At least for the past two years, he was nowhere in sight.

What does this tell you about his character? Oh right...he hasn't any.