Carassauga Festival is an incorporated non-profit volunteer community organization celebrating multiculturalism since 1986. Recognized as Canada’s largest multicultural Festival, Carassauga’s vision is to organize a city-wide family friendly multicultural festival suitable for all ages to promote understanding, respect and co-operation among all Canadians of different heritage.
– To provide an opportunity for Mississauga citizen groups from different countries of origin a chance to promote public awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of their cultures and cultural expressions.
– To promote principles of good citizenship, thereby encouraging tolerance, mutual cooperation and respect between and amongst Mississauga citizens.
– to encourage ethno-specific groups to cooperate together and to participate in mainstream cultural, civic and social activities.
Carassauga 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 the former Mayor Hazel McCallion to all ethno cultural groups at a meeting of her calling in the old City Hall in the fall of 1985.