UConn Huskies celebrate fifth national championship with parade in Hartford

Fans showed their support and appreciation for the team at the parade, held in downtown Hartford starting at the state Capitol building.

Rose Shannon and Frank Recchia

Apr 8, 2023, 4:43 PM

Updated 372 days ago

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A victory parade and rally were held Saturday to honor the UConn men's basketball team for their dominant NCAA championship win.
Fans showed their support and appreciation for the team at the parade, held in downtown Hartford starting at the state Capitol building.
On Monday, the Huskies won their fifth national title, beating the San Diego State Aztecs in Houston. It was Dan Hurley's first championship as coach of the team.
"I think people are just extremely excited to see this team," Peggy Muckle says. "They really smashed everybody in that tournament, and we are so proud of them."
About 45,000 fans cheered the team on at the celebration. Officials say it was one of the biggest crowds in recent memory.
“I was up there with the players. Those guys were so moved by the love felt by all the fans,” said Gov. Ned Lamont.
The UConn Huskies arrived at the parade in a double decker bus and tossed mementos into the crowds lining the streets.
The players say they are grateful for the praise from the community.
“We appreciate you all for everything. All the support, all the love, all the games here at Hartford XL. It's been great,” said player Andre Jackson Jr.
AP Photo: Jessica Hill
AP Photo: Jessica Hill


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