What's better than one parade? Two parades, of course.
With the UConn women's basketball team beating Notre Dame on Tuesday night, it was the second national championship for the Huskies in as many days, as the men upended Kentucky on Monday. So for the second time in school history, the men's and women's teams will be joining together for one massive bash through the streets of Hartford.
Here's a look at all the essential information.
When: Sunday, April 13, at 4 p.m. ET
Where: Various downtown locations, finishing at the State Capitol in Hartford, Conn.
Follow Along: Updates will be posted on UConn Women's Hoops' official Twitter feed.
Parade Route: The parade map can be seen here, courtesy of Hartford.com. The parade will begin at the back of the State Capitol before making a loop around Trinity Street, Jewell Street and Gold Street before returning to the front of the Capitol for the pep rally for both programs.
The men capped off what was a magical run through the 2014 NCAA tournament. The Huskies were a No. 7 seed, and few regarded them as Final Four contenders, let alone title contenders.
Shabazz Napier etched his name into UConn basketball history with his performance in the Big Dance en route to being named Most Outstanding Player. The star senior also had his No. 13 placed in the Huskies of Honor at Gampel Pavilion.
For the women's team, a national title was the expectation. UConn finished the season a perfect 40-0, and head coach Geno Auriemma delivered a ninth national championship to Storrs.
After the game, he praised both his team and the quality of the Fighting Irish, per Doug Feinberg of the Associated Press, via ABCNews.com:
We beat a great, great team. Notre Dame is a great team. For them to have the season they had and lose their starting center and to do what they did, I can't say enough about their players, coaching staff and it took everything we have. I knew if we played great we'd have a chance to win.
As she has all season, sophomore Breanna Stewart led the way for the Huskies. She scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the 79-58 win. For the second year in a row, she was named Most Outstanding Player:
Now that the hard part is out of the way, it's time to celebrate.
Jeff Otterbein of The Hartford Courant wrote that back in 2004, between 250,000-300,000 fans took part in the parade honoring the conquering champions. Given the women's unblemished record and the men's unexpected success, don't be surprised if this year's parade blows the first iteration out of the water.
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