Historic Wooster Square Association

Working to keep the 
neighborhood
strong & vibrant


Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant

44th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 

was held on Sun., April 23


Festival kickoff: the 19th Annual 

Pre-Festival Concert

Sat. April 22   • St. Michael's Church 

Read about the wonderful musicians and composers of Wooster Square


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Free Festival On-Stage Entertainment

at the Sunday Festival Included:


 Neighborhood Music School Premier Jazz Ensemble

Tuxedo Junction (The Sounds of Swing)

Carlos Santiago Y Su Momento Musical (Salsa) 

  St. Luke's Steel Band


 Friend of Wooster Square Award Presentations

(see recipients, below)


for Families:

Horizon Wings 

 Nappy's Puppets (shadow puppets (four 20-min. shows)


plus, all afternoon throughout the Park:


Little Italy Area

Wooster Square Reunion Area


Dedicated, Expanded Family & Children's Area 

with arts & crafts, face painting 

Nappy's Puppets  (Shadow Puppets)
   activities with Peabody Museum, New Haven Museum 

Eli Whitney Museum, Horizon Wings 

Elm Shakespeare

US Fish & Wildlife Service, and

New Haven Free Public Library Readmobile


Pet Friendly Area

 

• More than a dozen local food vendors


Plus more than 30 artists and authors, 

local non-profits and display tables with Wooster Square history
 

Click here for the full line-up of exhibitors, activities, and food vendors 


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LEARN MORE - (just click any of the links below) 

 

• Festival Map  2017!!!

• Our Wonderful Festival Supporters


and check out this terrific link:

Friend of Wooster Square Awards  • 2017

David Moser, Landscape Architect, City of New Haven

New Haven Fire Department • Engine #4 & Truck #1

I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing 

Corridor Improvement Program * Q Bridge

Peter Webster * Co-Chair, Wooser Square Cherry Blossom Festival

Previous "Friend" Awardees:

2016 • Christy Hass

2015 • Luisa DeLauro

2014 • Theresa Argento & William Iovanne, Sr.

2013 • Beverly Carbonella

2012 • Alex Bragg, Bill Buick & Peter Thompson

2011 • Officer Peter Krause, New Haven Police




HISTORY OF THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

This celebration of spring commemorates the planting of 72 Yoshino Japanese Cherry Blossom trees in 1973 by the New Haven Historic Commission in collaboration with the New Haven Parks Department and residents of the neighborhood. The Festival has grown from a modest event with a local band entertaining a handful of neighbors under lighted trees to a major New Haven all-afternoon event that draws well over 10,000 visitors. 


Cherry Blossom Fun Facts:
Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) has been a Japanese custom since the 7th century when the aristocrats enjoyed looking at beautiful sakura (cherry trees) and wrote poems. Sakura is a symbol of Japan, and it's said that there are over 400 varieties of cherry trees in Japan. The most popular kind of sakura which can be viewed everywhere in Japan is somei-yoshino (Yedoensis). Unlike other varieties of cherry tree, Japanese cherry trees do not yield fruit.