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Carassauga is an incorporated non-profit volunteer community organization. The Festival was developed in response to a challenge put out by the former Mayor Hazel McCallion to all ethno-cultural groups at a meeting she called in the old City Hall in the fall of 1985. This Festival of Cultures reflects the rich ethnic mosaic of the Mississauga community and promotes public awareness and appreciation of multiple cultures during the 3 day event occurring in the month of May.
Each year, Carassauga hosts Pavilions that represent different countries. The Pavilions are located in various cultural and recreation centres throughout the City of Mississauga. In the past, the Festival has showcased cultures from several African countries, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Hawaii, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Latin America, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malta, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam.
In its early years, the festival relied solely on the grants from the City Council. It became financially independent in 1995. Presently, Carassauga is funded by the City of Mississauga, the Federal and Provincial Governments as well as several sponsors and business partners.
- Tom Urbaniak (3 April 2009). Her Worship: Hazel Mccallion and the Development of Mississauga. University of Toronto Press. pp. 206–. ISBN 978-0-8020-9902-0. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- Kristin Good (2009). Municipalities and Multiclturalism: The Politics of Immigration in Toronto and Vancouver. University of Toronto Press. pp. 84–. ISBN 978-1-4426-0993-8. Retrieved 31 March 2013.