Historic Wooster Square Association

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strong & vibrant

Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
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Visitors are welcome to use the school parking lots:
• Conte Magnet School  on Chapel St.
• Metropolitan Business Academy on Water St.
• High School in the Community on Water and Olive Sts.

There are also bus stops nearby.

The park is an easy  5-minute walk from the Granite Sqaure parking garage on State St., near Audubon and a 10-minute walk from several downtown parking garages.


45th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 

was held on Sun., April 22, 2018

12 noon 4:30

Everyone Had a great time!!!!

And the blossoms were close to full bloom.

Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors!

Festival kickoff: the 20th Annual 

Pre-Festival Concert at St. Michael's Church

was lovely. 


Free On-Stage Entertainment

at the Sunday Festival Included:

• Neighborhood Music School Premier 

Jazz Ensemble

• Tuxedo Junction (The Sounds of Swing)

•  St. Luke's Steel Band

• Carlos Santiago Y Su Momento 

Musical (Salsa) 


 Friend of Wooster Square Award Presentations

2018 recipients:

Marianne Mazan • Bill Iovanne, Jr.

Learn more about Marianne and Billy

as well as the names of Previous honorees

plus, all afternoon throughout the Park we had:

Dedicated, Expanded Family & Children's Area 

with arts & crafts, face painting 

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

 Horizon Wings and

New Haven Free Public Library Readmobile

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Pet Friendly Area


• Local food vendors

including Pizza, Italian Ice, Ice Cream, Cheese Truck, JitterBus, and more. Full List

Plus more than 30 artists and authors, 

local non-profits and display tables with Wooster Square history

Little Italy Area

Wooster Square Reunion Area


Check out the 2018 Festival Map!!!

• Our Wonderful Festival Supporters

and check out this terrific link:

Updated 4/23/18  •  More to come soon.


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.