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ICYMI: Hooker Day Parade Marches Through Downtown Hartford with Record Number of Marchers

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Parade:  2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
After Party:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Black-eyed Sally’s, 350 Asylum Street, Hartford CT

PARADE ROUTE:

The parade steps off at the intersection of Asylum Street and High Street (by Black Eyed Sally’s). Marchers go east on Asylum, north on Trumbull, west on Church Street, south on Ann Uccello Street, west on Asylum, concluding in Awards and Block Party on Asylum at Black-eyed Sally’s.

Annual Hooker Day Parade celebrates Thomas Hooker; founder of Hartford, lover of parades.

Family-oriented extravaganza filled with puppets, costumes, candy and live bands. Hands down the weirdest, most made-up, DIY, rag-tag, high-spirited, Mardi Gras bead and candy filled parade in Hartford.

Purpose is to celebrate Hartford; the city, the creativity and the people.

Parade steps off at 2:00 p.m. sharp and lasts 40 minutes.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Nightfall (Anne Cubberly’s large scale puppets and wearable art)
  • The Cone Street Coneheads (Hooker Day Parade Originals)
  • Hartford’s Classical Magnet School Marching Band
  • Awards for Participants: $500 to best group, $100 to best solo participant
  • 2012 Master Hooker, Kris Schmolze, will officiate.

AFTER PARTY INCLUDES:

  • Awards Ceremony including $500 and $100 prizes for best group and individual participant
  • Live performance by West End Blend
  • Shag Frenzy DJs
  • Free Cotton Candy
  • Free Face Painting

MARCHERS INCLUDE:

Master of Ceremonies/Master Hooker, Kris Schmolze
Nightfall
Mayor Mike’s Foundation for Kids
More Cowbell
Hartford Area Roller Derby
Spectrum in Motion Dance Theater Ensemble
Funky Dawgz Brass Band
Great Path Academy
Central CT Babywearers
Classical Magnet School Marching Band
Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies, Inc.
Caribbean American Dance Company
Beat of the Street
Generation Y
Hartford Area Roller Derby
Hartford Bike Polo
Hartford Couch Surfers
Pleasure Barons Scooter Club
Space Captains United
Al Gary’s Triumph (Driven in the very first Hooker Day Parade)
AHNA (Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association)
Frog Hollow Peepers
Max and Lily’s Closet
Hartford Baking Company
Cone Street Coneheads
West End Blend
YWCA Hartford RegionTrue Colors, Inc.
The Lone Drummer

PARADE HISTORY:
In October of 1635, Thomas Hooker left Cambridge, MA and traveled through the wilderness with The Adventurers in search of a new settlement for his congregation. They found this place, and in June of 1636 Hooker led a procession of one hundred men, women and children back to Hartford to settle here for good.  You could say that march was the original Hooker Parade...

“Mayor Mike” Peters organized the modern day Hooker Day Parade in the early 90s to bring some excitement and a little goofiness to Downtown Hartford. The parade grew over the next several years from a small, extremely wacky procession with more marchers than watchers, to a significant and highly anticipated event in the city of Hartford. The Hooker Day Parade went on hiatus in 2001, but remained in the hearts and memories of anyone who participated.

The Hartford Business Improvement District and HARTFORD.COM brought the Parade back in 2008 to rave reviews. Each year we continue to honor the memory of Mike Peters. He will forever be our Grand Marshall.

PARADE SPONSOR AND PARTNERS:
Hartford Business Improvement District
Greater Hartford Arts Council
LAZ Parking
Black-eyed Sally’s
City of Hartford

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For Immediate Release: October 18, 2013
Contact: Jordan Polon, Hartford Business Improvement District
Cell: (860) 985-8806
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