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UConn Women's Basketball parade scheduled for Sunday afternoon

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The parade for the UConn Women's Basketball team, who won their eighth national title earlier this week, will be Sunday afternoon in Hartford.

The celebrations are expected to start at the state Capitol at 4 p.m. and will conclude with a rally on the north steps of the state Capitol building.

"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," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a statement Thursday.

The UConn Huskies defeated Louisville Cardinals 93-60 Tuesday night.

Malloy, who attended the game in New Orleans, said he is "looking forward" to the event.

"I want to thank the Hartford Business Improvement District for again hosting this event, organizing its sponsors, and allowing Connecticut residents to celebrate another national championship team from our state," he said.

A crowd of about 150 people waited for the team to return to Connecticut at Bradley International Airport Wednesday afternoon.

UConn coach Gino Auriemma and senior Kelly Faris spoke at Fairfield Way Plaza near the Student Union after the team took a "victory lap" in an open-air double decker bus around the Storrs campus.

The organizers of the parade are looking for donations to support the parade and rally.

"Business Improvement District and the MetroHartford Alliance in collaboration with the city of Hartford and the state of Connecticut, and a number of civic and business organizations," said Michael Zaleski, executive director of the Hartford Business Improvement District. "As in past parade years, we are seeking the financial support of the region's and state's business community to help pay for the many services and materials needed to stage a public event of this size."

Anyone interested in donating, can call the Hartford Business Improvement District at 860-728-2274 or email at mzaleski@hartfordbid.com.

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