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Hooker Day Parade
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Hartford.com’s Hooker Day Parade honors Hartford’s founder, Thomas Hooker. This annual parade is a family-oriented extravaganza with giant puppets, costumes, candy, Mardi-Gras beads, marching bands and brass bands. This boisterous, fun-filled procession celebrates the city and the creativity of its people. The parade steps off at 2 on the dot, and it is a pretty short parade. Do not be fashionably late. You might miss it. The route for this year begins at High Street and Asylum Street, moves east on Asylum, south on Ann Uccello, east on Pearl, north on Trumbull, west on Church, south on Ann Uccello, makes a final turn moving west onto Asylum and ends with a block party in front of Black-eyed Sally’s. Awards will be presented to the Best Group, Best Individual, and a Master or Madame Hooker will be crowned.
Marching contingents in this year’s parade include:
AHNA (Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association)
The Anniversary Marchers (formerly known as The Wedding Marchers)
Classical Magnet School
Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies
Dorene’s 80th Birthday
Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker
Funky Dawgz Brass Band
Great Path Academy
Hartford Area Roller Derby
Hartford Hot Several
Hartford’s Proud Drum, Drill & Dance Corp.
MakeHartford, the Hartford Makerspace
MC and Secret Service
Ms. Us of America
Naturally Dogs and Cats LLC
The Pleasure Barons Scooter Club
Thomas Hooker Brewery
West End Blend
West End Pots N’ Pans Band
YWCA of the Hartford Region
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
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 Hooker Day Parade in the early 90s to bring some excitement and a little goofiness to Downtown Hartford. The parade grew over the next 10 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. This year the parade continues to honor the memory of Mike Peters. He will forever be the Grand Marshall.