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Thursday, April 4, 2013

New Haven Wooster Square Annual Cherry Blossom Festival is April 14

NEW HAVEN — The 40th Wooster Square Annual Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. April 14.

(Rain date: April 21)
“Last year more than 5,000 people of all ages enjoyed an afternoon of fun, great entertainment and activities and great local food in Wooster Square Park,” organizers said in a statement. Festival co-chairmen are Peter Webster and Charlie Murphy
Admission is free.
 Among 2013 features are:
• Entertainment, including jazz, steel band, big band music, and for the second year – opera.
• Artists and Authors
• Dedicated Children’s Area with arts & crafts, including activities with Peabody Museum, New Haven Museum and Horizon Wings, a raptor-rescue organization that was hugely popular with families last year.
• Pet-Friendly Area with dedicated exhibitors
• The New Haven Free Public Library’s Bookmobile will be there for the first time – a great addition.
• A range of local food vendors and display tables with Wooster Square history.

When cherry blossoms bloom is always a big question, organizers said and for the second year in a row, there is the Cherry Blossom Blog, with photos added daily.

The 16th Annual Pre-Festival Concert, a free concert featuring the musicians of Wooster Square, will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 12  at St. Michael’s Church on the square.

More: Wooster Square Park is across from the 500 block of Chapel Street. Organizers encourage festival attendees to walk, bicycle, or take public transit to this colorful outdoor festival. It’s a 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 and in school parking lots at Conte-West Hills Magnet School on Chapel St. and Metropolitan Business Academy on Water Street..

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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