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    (12/12/2012) (New Haven) – New Haven City Departments are joining forces to bring holiday cheer for the whole family to enjoy. The City of New Haven's Parks Department, in combination with the Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking have partnered to offer free festive Horse Drawn Carriage rides around the historic City Green.

    The Carriage rides will take place Saturday, December 15th and Saturday, December 22nd, from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. Take a step back in time and pile onto a carriage and circle the New Haven's picturesque lower Green. This season’s holiday tree is the perfect backdrop for a special ride.

    “A horse draw carriage ride around the Green is a wonderful piece to a great evening of shopping, dining and entertainment in New Haven. I hope residents and visitors alike will take advantage of all that New Haven has to offer this holiday season” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.

    To further help put you in the holiday mood, the City is also offering 2 hours of free on-street parking in select shopping areas. Free meters will be marked with the green bags. The free-parking locations for the next two Saturdays are:

    • December 15: Whitney Avenue from Wall Street to Trumbull Street

    • December 22: Chapel Street from York to Howe

    The Broadway Center Lot is also offering free parking (up to 6 hours) with a same day receipt of $15.00 or more.

    Downtown New Haven offers specialty shops that provide the ultimate shopping experience with distinctive fashion, home furnishings, restaurants and personal services in one of the most architecturally unique and aesthetically pleasing downtowns around.

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    Contact Name: James Travers

    Contact Email: jtravers@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8075

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