We are sorry to announce that the Hooker Day Parade and Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 13 has been canceled due to the threat of rain. There is no rain date at this time, but we will keep you posted.

We would like to thank all of the committee members, volunteers, participants  and all who planned to attend for their time and interest in Hooker Day.

We want to thank our sponsors, CTNOW, CT Health Foundation, Freed Marcroft, Greater Hartford Arts Council, Halloran & Sage, Hartford Parking Authority, Harvey and Lewis, LAZ, and Costco.

In 1991, “Mayor Mike” Peters organized the first Hooker Day Parade to bring some excitement, and a little goofiness, to Downtown Hartford. Over the next 10 years The Hooker Day Parade grew from a small, extremely wacky procession with more marchers than watchers to a significant and highly anticipated event. The Hooker Day Parade went on hiatus in 2001, however in 2008, the Hartford Business Improvement District and Hartford.com brought the Hooker Day Parade back. Parade participation and attendance has increased over the years as we continue to reach more and more Hartford area residents, specifically families.

In 2016 HBID decided it was time to grow this annual event from a one-hour parade to a full day of activities and performances that would celebrate the rich heritage of artistic and cultural expression that makes Hartford such a unique and vibrant community.

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