HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The state of Connecticut is not done celebrating UConn’s national championship.
Not by a long shot.
A parade has been scheduled for Sunday in Hartford to honor the school’s women’s basketball team.
It will kick off at 4 p.m. and begin and end at the state Capitol. And it will be followed by a rally, which is expected to include remarks from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, UConn coach Geno Auriemma and some players.
The event is being hosted by the Hartford Business Improvement District and will be paid for using private donations, Malloy’s office said Thursday.
The Huskies beat Louisville 93-60 Tuesday to earn the program’s eighth NCAA title, tying Tennessee for the most ever in women’s college basketball.
“The UConn women have once again focused the spotlight of college basketball on Connecticut by bringing home another national championship and proving to the nation why the road to the Final Four always runs through Connecticut,” Governor Malloy said.
The team will ride around the city on the top of double-decker buses. Bands, politicians and even Siberian Husky clubs have participated in past parades.
The parade will begin at the State Capitol, travel north on Trinity Street, and circle Bushnell Park before returning up Capitol avenue to the statehouse, where the rally will be held.
A crowd estimated at about 25,000 people showed up for a 2010 parade honoring the program’s seventh national championship. That was well short of the 300,000 people who in 2004 celebrated the dual championships won by the UConn men and women.
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