The first Hooker Parade, arguably, was in June of 1636, when Thomas Hooker led a group of one hundred settlers to Hartford to found the city. The modern-day Hooker parade is an all-out rager. Expect bizarre costumes, marching bands, fantastical floats, and a rain of candy pelting the crowd as marchers go by. There are even prizes to reward the weird: $500 for the best group entry and $100 for the best solo entry. The first 100 people to check in at the parade get a free t-shirt.
Hooker Day Parade
Oct. 19, 12:30 p.m., Asylum Street, Downtown Hartford, hookerdayparade.eventbrite.com