Historic Wooster Square Association

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strong & vibrant

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

The 43rd Festival will be held on Sun., April 24, 2016

LEARN MORE – (just click any of the links below:  

  • Sponsorship Information for 2016

•  2015 Festival Program

• Festival Map 

• Our Generous 2015 Supporters 

And enjoy photos from the 2015 festival, below.

The 43rd Festival will be on Sun., April 24, 2016

Related pages (just click any of the links below):  

  • Sponsorship Information for 2016

 2015 Festival Program

Festival Map 

Our Generous 2015 Supporters 

More about the Cherry Blossom Festival: 

The 42nd Festival •  Sun., April 26, 2015

  See highlights of the Festival by clicking on our slide show and learn more about it, below.

Thank you to Chris Randall, Carlos Galo, and our other local photographers

for capturing the flavor of the day.

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.

updated 4/29/15
Festival prestenter Historic Wooster Square Association thanks its major 2015 sponsors:

• City of New Haven Department Department of 
   Arts Culture and Tourism
• Arlene & Cheryl Szczarba, Realtors, Seabury-Hill
• Seabury-Hill Realtors
• First Niagara Bank
• United Illuminating/UIL Holdings

View our complete list of 2015 sponsors.

posted 4/22/15


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.