The 42nd Festival • Sun., April 26, 2015
See highlights of the Festival, above, and learn more, below.
Thank you to Chris Randall, Carlos Galo, and our other local photographers
for capturing the flavor of the day.
The 43rd Festival will be on Sun., April 24, 2016
Related pages (just click any of the links):
• Sponsorship Information for 2016
• 2015 Festival Program
• Festival Map
• Our Generous 2015 Supporters
More about the Cherry Blossom Festival:
Entertainment on the Festival Stage included local jazz, steel band, big band music, chill music, and salsa music. Specifics: Tuxedo Junction, the Big Band Sound; the Sound School Chanteens, Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School Brass Choir, 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 Square Award: This year's award was 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.
Previous "Friend" Award Winners:
2014 • Theresa Argento & William Iovanne, Sr.
2013 • Beverly Carbonella
2012 • Alex Bragg, Bill Buick & Peter Thompson
2011 • Officer Peter Krause, New Haven Police
The Cherry Blossom Concert ...
... was held on Saturday, April 25 at St Michael's Church on the Wooster Square Park. This was 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
The 2015 Festival on Sunday included 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.
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.