HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Who could ask for a better day to be outside at a parade and a rally. It’s been several days of celebrating the UConn Huskies third consecutive NCAA win and Sunday the excitement continued.
Here in Connecticut we’ve been in a state of perpetual celebration ever since the Uconn women’s basketball team defeated Notre Dame in the national championship. And today in Hartford it came to a pinnacle with a parade through the capital city.
It began in the parking lot outside the Capitol building.The team and coaching staff arrived on a Peter Pan bus. They then got onto a double deckers bus and lead by the UConn marching band went for a ride through down town ending up in front of the XL center.
You could feel the electricity in the crowd and see the excitement of all that were there. As smiles combined with with cheers, applause, and more than a few university chants.
This is the 10th time the team has won a national championship but make no mistake about people here are hardly fatigued with all the championship parades. In fact, they’re becoming a tradition.
“We’ve heard Geno Aurriema talk a lot about it and I know everyone expects them to win and do this every year, but we know that it’s not a given and it’s a lot of hard work so you know it’s always great,” said Jeff Manaresi, West Hartford.
At the XL center head coach Geno Aurriema thanked fans for their continued to support. Reminding people it was just decades ago no one thought getting the program this far was possible.
That may have been the case then but now it’s clear based on what we saw and heard people are ready for number 11.