PD: UConn parade biggest event in Hartford in 20 years
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy tweeted "Basketball Capital USA!"
UCONN men and women will ride on this bus during the parade.
People waiting at entrance of State Capital for the UConn championship parade to start. (Photo Courtesy Hartford Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley)
UConn men's head coach Kevin Ollie has arrived at the state capitol.
UConn men's basketball team poses for a photo with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill (Photo Courtesy: governor's Twitter account)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -
More than 200,000 people gathered in downtown Hartford to celebrate with the University of Connecticut men's and women's basketball teams and their national championship wins.
According to Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley, the parade was the largest event in Hartford that any veteran officer could recall.
The parade kicked off at the state Capitol at about 4 p.m. on Sunday and made its way through the downtown area before returning to the Capitol for a "victory rally."
"Welcome to the basketball capital of America," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said.
UConn senior Stefanie Dolson addressed the crowd and thanked them for their support.
Hartford police Deputy Chief Foley tweeted, "Bigger than '04. No doubt."
"This is the largest crowd we've seen in 20 years," Foley tweeted.
Foley tweeted that there were still people "flowing in" just before 4:30 p.m. and "not an empty spot on route." In total, Foley stated that more than 200,000 spectators attended the parade and rally.
There were zero arrests, according to Foley.
Ten years after both the UConn men's and women's basketball teams won the national titles in 2004, both teams accomplished the feat this year.
The UConn men's basketball team defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the national championship game in Arlington, TX, on Monday night.
The UConn women's team defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 79-58 on Tuesday night in Nashville, TN.
There will be a heavy police presence at the parade, Hartford police previously told Eyewitness News. This protocol is used by police departments in the United States when there are large gatherings of people.
There will be no bag checks and attendees are being advised, "If you see something, say something."
Malloy told The Associated PressConnecticut businesses are paying for Sunday's festivities.
Huge crowds gathered in downtown Hartford to celebrate with the UConn men's and women's basketball teams will be hitting the streets of Hartford in a parade celebrating their national championships.More >
Huge crowds gathered in downtown Hartford to celebrate with the University of Connecticut men's and women's basketball teams will be hitting the streets of Hartford in a parade celebrating their national championships. Here are the photos from the event. More >