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Hartford, CT’s Hooker Day Parade celebrates Thomas Hooker; founder of Hartford, lover of parades.

HOOKER DAY PARADE
October 19, 2013, Downtown Hartford
2:00 pm parade, 3:00 pm after-party at Black-eyed Sally’s

The Hooker Day Parade is hands down the weirdest, most made-up, rag-tag, cut loose, high-spirited, Mardi Gras bead and candy filled parade in Hartford. Its purpose is to celebrate ourselves; our City, our creativity and our people.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade steps off at the intersection of Asylum Street and High Street (by Black Eyed Sally’s). The route then moves east on Asylum, north on Trumbull, west on Church Street, south on Ann Street, west Asylum, concluding in Awards and Block Party on Asylum and in front of Black-eyed Sally’s.

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 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 we continue to honor the memory of Mike Peters. He will forever be our Grand Marshall.

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