Carassauga is an incorporated non-profit volunteer community organization, which celebrates its 32nd Anniversary this year. It operated for the first time in 1986 with 10 Pavilions, initially operating only on Saturday and Sunday. It was created in response to a challenge put out by Mayor Hazel McCallion to all ethno cultural groups at a meeting of her calling in the old City Hall in the fall of 1985. It quickly evolved into a 3-day, 22 hour event.
The Festival has become an important annual event in Mississauga’s calendar, and its popularity has steadily increased in recent years. It is the largest multicultural Festival in Ontario and is now recognized as the 2nd largest cultural Festival in Canada in terms of visits & ethnic diversity representation.
The organization attributes its success to the many volunteer leaders on the Board who have tirelessly devoted their time and expertise to running the annual 3-day event. In 2016, 4,578 Performers supported by 6,174 Volunteers created an incredible multi cultural experience. The community’s commitment over the years to honouring and showcasing Mississauga’s multicultural landscape is unsurpassed.
Carassauga Facts 2016
- Over 70 countries represented at 28 Pavilion Locations, throughout Mississauga
- 4,578 Performers and 173 Artisans
- 961 Performances
- 363,750 Recorded Visits
- 6,174 Volunteers involved with the Festival
- 417,236 Volunteer Hours Donated
- 22 Hours of Operation