Historic Wooster Square Association

Working to keep the 
strong & vibrant

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

41st Annual Cherry Blossom Festival -
a big hit on April 27, 2014 

See the slide show, above.

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

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Preliminary Festival Program

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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 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. 

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.

updated 12/16/14


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.