Official Website of the Windsor Shad Derby Festival
A Beloved New England Tradition Every Spring
The Shad Derby Festival is a long standing Windsor, Connecticut & New England Tradition. It all began in 1955 with a fishing tournament to raise awareness of the growing pollution of the Connecticut River. In 1966, as the Fishing Derby grew in size a parade and festivities on the Windsor Town Green were added to celebrate & commemorate the Shad Derby while also helping promote the best of Windsor and the local New England area through it's many resources, attractions, businesses and organizations. Currently, over 20 events are associated with the Shad Derby Festival - that always culminates on the third Saturday in May in Windsor. This website is dedicated to all the volunteers, contributors, businesses & organizations who always make sure "The Shad Always Return" every spring to Connecticut's First Town.