Brad Stevens returns for Connersville parade

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Connersville celebrated their bicentennial parade Saturday.

"The thing that makes small towns great is that passion. That sense of family. It brings people together," said Terry Herno.

Former Butler University basketball Coach Brad Stevens was also invited to the parade, and he showed up.

"I was shocked by it. I said you don't have to be that nice, but he insisted," said former Butler basketball forward Matt Howard.

"It was the first place I drove to when I got the Butler job. I think we can all agree it was a good decision. And I get to spend time with the Howard family," said Brad Stevens.

It's been a busy week for the 36-year old coach.

Wednesday Brad Stevens inked a 6-year 22-million dollar deal to move from the NCAA to the NBA with the Boston Celtics.

A year ago, Stevens promised now former Butler forward and Connersville native Matt Howard that he'd be at the bicentennial parade.

The DePauw University alum said he made sure the Celtics knew about that promise.

"Whenever we talked Wednesday morning, I said there is some place I have to be on Saturday. I told them I'd be there. They said hey, we'd love that. That meant a lot to me for them to feel that way," said Stevens.

Volunteers have been planning this bicentennial parade for three years. The parade was the final birthday celebration.

"It brings out our history. We need to teach that to our young people. We are proud of our community," said Carol Hathaway.

Many residents were thankful the busy basketball coach had time to celebrate Connserville.

"He's here because in a small way one of Connersville's own helped make him successful," said Stan Howard, Matt's father.

Brad Stevens told Eyewitness News he didn't know when Butler would announce his replacement.