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60,000 UConn men's basketball fans celebrate the NCAA champions in Hartford

Molly Ingram

UConn fans descended on downtown Hartford on Saturday to catch a glimpse of the UConn Huskies as they celebrated their national championship win.

Hartford Police estimated that 60,000 attendees were in the crowd.

The men’s basketball team won their 6th NCAA title on Monday night. They also won last year’s tournament.

The parade was attended by Connecticut dignitaries including Gov. Ned Lamont, Lieutenant Gov. Susan Bysiewicz (D), US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Hartford Mayor Arunan Arulampalam, and more.

“Hey America, this is what the basketball capital of America looks like,” Lamont told the crowd. “Let’s hear it for the Huskies!”

“Next year we go for a three-peat,” Head Coach Dan Hurley said.

Molly is a reporter covering Connecticut. She also produces Long Story Short, a podcast exploring public policy issues across Connecticut.