41st Annual Cherry Blossom Festival -
a big hit on April 27, 2014
See the slide show, above.
The 42nd Festival • Sun., April 26, 2015
Related pages (just click the links below):
• Festival Program
• Festival Map
• Our Generous 2015 Supporters
More about the Cherry Blossom Festival:
Entertainment on the Festival Stage includes local jazz, steel band, big band music, and salsa music. Specifics: Tuxedo Junction, the Big Band Sound; HAND (progressive rock); Orquesta Momento Musical (salsa) ; St. Luke’s Steel Band!
Also at the Festival: Horizon Wings Raptor Rescue, Nappy's Puppets (shadow puppets), Cherry Tree planting, Children's activities, Pet Friendly areas, and special this year - New Haven Clock Company Exhibit (see below).
Friend of Wooster Sqaure Award: This year's award will be presented to Luisa DeLauro, who grew up on Wooser Street. In 1965 she was elected Ward 8 Alderman and served for 35 years. She already had a reputation as a go-to fighter for her neighbors in the immigrant Italian community of New Haven that was establishing itself in Wooster Square in the 1920s and '30s, and was often referred to as the "Mayor of Wooster Square. She is the mother of US Representative Rosa DeLauro.
The Pre-Cherry Blossom Concert ...
... will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at St Michael's Church on the Wooster Square Park. This will be the 17th annual pre-Festival concert, performed by the wonderful musicians of Wooster Square. Click here for the program.
Historic New Haven Clock Company Exhibit
This year’s Festival on Sunday will include a weekend window into New Haven and Wooster Square History, an exhibit of New Haven Clock Company clocks at the Maresca & Sons Funeral Home, 592 Chapel Street, within view of Wooster Square Park. Saturday from 1 - 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon - 5 p.m. concurrent with the Festival.
Getting to Wooster Square & Parking
Wooster Square Park is across from the 500 block of Chapel Street. (You can enter 560 Chapel Street on a GPS.)
The Park is a 5-10 minute walk from the New Haven Green. Bus transit routes have stops at the Park on Chapel Street and nearby on Grand Avenue and State Street. Limited parking is available on neighborhood streets at no charge.