Big plans on the way to celebrate Mississauga’s 50th birthday, mayor says


Published May 4, 2023 at 1:38 pm

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Mayor Bonnie Crombie says Mississauga’s 50th birthday celebration next year will be a party for the ages, and she’s hinting at some surprises that may be in store as well.

In an Instagram interview this week with publisher Khaled Iwamura, the mayor went over a number of party plans that have already been made public, but also suggested other festivities are in the works.

“A lot of plans…are well underway and we are going to create so many new initiatives and events,” said Crombie, noting that new public art, city-wide street banners, a commemorative Mississauga Library card and a wide array of anniversary-themed programming and events are just a few things planned for the City of Mississauga’s year-long 50th anniversary bash in 2024.

The mayor also pointed out the importance of “community” in anniversary celebrations, saying community celebration kits will be sent out to support neighbourhood events as “we celebrate this very important anniversary.

“Community is going to play a very important role,” Crombie continued. “So, stay tuned for more details for 2024…(and) look forward to some really big announcements coming up, but we certainly have a lot planned and it’s going to be quite a Canada Day as well.”

Meanwhile, baking the world’s biggest birthday cake, commissioning a huge ice sculpture and organizing street parties across the city were a few of the ideas floated by City councillors at an April 26 meeting.

A staff report presented at that meeting laid out proposed ideas for the huge year-long celebration in 2024 to mark the city’s 50th anniversary.

City-wide street banners, public art projects, a wide array of anniversary-themed programming and events, Mississauga-wide virtual and physical museum exhibits, garden bed and tree plantings, and even a special edition library card are all part of the plan.

A time capsule is also included in the plans as Mississauga prepares to mark a half-century of existence.

In all, more than 50 initiatives throughout the entirety of 2024 are in place to mark the milestone.

And the big bash of 2024 will be launched at Mississauga’s annual New Year’s Eve party at Celebration Square in the downtown core.

In 1974, the townships of Streetsville, Port Credit and Mississauga amalgamated to form Mississauga.

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