Thousands of UConn Huskies fans turned out in Hartford on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the UConn women’s basketball team, which made history by winning a fourth consecutive national title and the 11th national title overall.
Police estimate around 20,000 fans attended.
People dressed in UConn gear and holding signs lined Trinity, Jewell, Asylum and Trumbull streets and gathered for a rally after the parade, where the confetti filled the air and the seniors on the team thanked the crowd for being there and sending them off in a celebratory way.
"It's been an amazing four years here for me. I could never imagine that I would come to Connecticut and actually win four in a row. It's always been a goal, but to accomplish it with you guys has been amazing," Moriah Jefferson said.
The drew applause from the crowd.
Breanna Stewart, who won the John R. Wooden Award as one of the national college basketball players of the year on Friday night, thanked everyone for making the trip to celebrate with the team, especially on a day that was a bit cool for April.
"Once a Husky, always a Husky," she said, which prompted a UConn cheer.
Head Coach Geno Auriemma was not able to attend the event because he is sick, so associate head coach Chris Dailey spoke on his behalf and thanked everyone who supported the team and the parade.
"We're just really appreciative of the fans and the support," she said.