Fireworks, parade, food, live music and more happening at this Canada Day event in Mississauga’s Port Credit
Published June 7, 2023 at 4:01 pm
If you’re planning to celebrate Canada Day in style, then get ready to Paint the Town Red in Mississauga’s Port Credit.
The popular annual event is back for its 20th year, bringing a huge parade, food, live music, activities for kids, a fireworks display, and even more holiday traditions that the lakeside community has come to love.
Paint the Town Red is free to attend and has something for all ages to enjoy, making it a great event to bring the whole family to.
It all happens in and around Port Credit Memorial Park on July 1st. Here’s what you can look forward to:
A bombastic parade featuring more than 60 unique entries
It wouldn’t be a Paint the Town Red event without an absolutely massive parade, and this year there’s over 60 diverse entries taking part. An array of colourful floats, marching bands, performance groups, community groups and more will make their way across Lakeshore Road, making this the only Canada Day parade in Mississauga and one of the biggest in the GTA.
The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Stavebank Road South and will be heading east on Lakeshore Road towards Seneca Avenue. All of the parade floats, bands and walking entries will be judged, with ribbons awarded to the winners!
Kids Zone with crafts, games, Legos, superheroes and princesses
There’s no shortage of entertainment to keep the young ones happy at the Kids Zone in Port Credit Memorial Park. Kids can enjoy a variety of free games, make arts and crafts, and get a picture with beautiful Disney princesses or larger-than-life superheroes like Superman and Spiderman. Take a seat in the massive red and white Lego chair and snap a pic! The Kids Zone will be open from 1:30 to 6 p.m.
Main stage entertainment featuring Canadian artists and bands
Get ready for a day packed with entertainment when a variety of popular Canadians artists and bands take the stage at Memorial Park. From jazz to hip hop and more, enjoy live music from the following performers:
- 3 p.m. M Dance Studio Hip Hop Dancers
- 4 p.m. Cawthra Park Jazz Lab
- 5:30 p.m. Pink Leather Jackets
- 6:30 p.m. Hotel California
- 8 p.m. Juke Box Heroes
- 9:30 p.m. Canada Day Allstars with Tom Barlow
Food vendors, beer garden and VIP area
Relax and enjoy the beautiful weather at Port Credit Memorial Park where vendors will be set up to offer a variety of tasty festival food, snacks and drinks. The beer garden will open at 3 p.m. for adults to unwind and enjoy a drink as the festivities continue.
Aerial circus demonstrations by Cirque Revolution
Those who love thrilling acrobatics are in for a treat – Cirque Revolution performers will come to Port Credit Memorial Park to put on a fantastic display of aerial demonstration and acrobatic stunts that will delight and entertain visitors of all ages. The performance starts at 2 p.m.
A gorgeous fireworks display to end the night off
It just isn’t Canada Day without beautiful fireworks lighting up the night sky, and Paint the Town Red is known for their brilliant fireworks display every year. At 10:30 p.m., bring a blanket to sit on the grass and enjoy the event’s grand finale in the form of colourful, eye-popping fireworks that will have everyone oohing and aahing.
Paint the Town Red has become a beloved yearly tradition in Port Credit, regularly bringing tens of thousands of visitors to the cozy lakeside community since their first event in 2003.
The event encourages everyone to come together to celebrate cultural diversity, inclusiveness, civic and national pride, artistic encouragement, veteran awareness and community spirit.
Bring your friends and family to Paint the Town Red on July 1st! For more information on all of the festivities, visit paintthetownred.ca.
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