Paint the Town Red, Port Credit Canada Day celebrations are an exemplary example of cultural diversity, inclusiveness, civic & national pride, artistic encouragement, veteran awareness & community spirit.  The parade, entertainment & fireworks provide an opportunity for family & friends to spend quality time together. 

As the only Canada Day parade in the GTA, the participants include more than a dozen colourful, cultural marching bands & performance groups, youth, community groups & Mississauga businesses.  Live music throughout the village & Memorial Park include local music school students and local musicians focusing their performances on Canadian musicians and songwriters.  It’s a highly anticipated, first class, red & white celebration, attracting tens of thousands of citizens & visitors to the Village of Port Credit, cohesively enjoying what it means to be a Canadian.


Paint the Town Red Port Credit Canada Day Celebration began in 2003 when local business owner and community volunteer, John Bozzo, recognized the need for acknowledging civic and national pride, a vision to showcase and celebrate Canada’s multicultural diversity.

Starting with celebrations in Memorial Park and a fireworks display, the event expanded to include a parade that spans from Lakeshore & Stavebank to Wenonah and a giant Canada Day cake.


Sustainable encouragement and demonstration of patriotism and community spirit by engaging volunteers, community members, business owners and the general public with a Canadian Heritage based festival event.


To provide a free, all ages, family friendly, community event encouraging patriotism, celebrating Canadian Heritage and promoting national civic pride for the City of Mississauga and in the Village of Port Credit.

  • The Story…

    Read the 2013 article from Spirit in the City that tells the story of the beginning of Paint the Town Red.

    Spirit of the City Article PDF (opens in a new window)


Paint the Town Red Port Credit Community Association is a registered, non-profit organization. Event operations are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by volunteer Team Leaders and a large group of community focused volunteers.

2019-2020 Board of Directors are:
John Bozzo, Chair, Founder
Diane Goldsmith, Vice-Chair, Parade Coordinator
Frank Giannone,
Howard Klein,
Director, Safety & Security
Alaina Canonico,
Director, Volunteer Management
Melanie Williamson,
Hazem Zenelabdeen, Director, Community Outreach


Dave Voyce, Bar Operations, Parade Logistics


Lena Orwin, Cake Boss
Jeff Gignac, Logistics
Steve Korbey, Logistics
Max Letham, Parade Logistics
Gabriella & Sandor Bank, Videography & Photography
Anthony Ierullo, Marshalling
Evelyn Leslie, VIP