27th Annual Parade of Nations
"Passport to the World"
Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 11 a.m.
The Parade of Nations strives to promote worldwide culture and national awareness in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through a community-wide annual event that includes a parade and a multicultural festival.
In keeping with the 2016 theme, this year’s celebration promises to be truly legendary. Expect flags, floats, food, and family entertainment presented with international flair. Adding to the excitement this year is our headline act, Breaksk8, an American professional roller skating dance crew. The skaters will roll through the parade, and will perform an exciting show at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on the Michigan Tech campus later Saturday evening. Tickets to the Parade of Nations' Breask8 event can be purchased online after September 1st.
Gearing up to Saturday's festivities, the Keweenaw Roller Derby Girls will host a FREE open roller skate/blade event on Wednesday, September 14th from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., at the Houghton County Arena. The event is BYO-skates, and is open to all ages and abilities. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
The parade begins at 11 a.m., making its way through Hancock across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge to Houghton. There’s a float contest featuring $500 in cash prizes. Everyone is invited to march with their country. Show your Parade of Nations spirit with a sign and be entered in the "I Love Parade of Nations" Chicago Weekend Family Getaway drawing, a prize package that includes airfare, hotel, and entertainment.
The gala procession winds up at Dee Stadium, an historic waterfront venue transformed into a global marketplace featuring dozens of food and craft booths and performers from around the world. No-cost children’s activities and meals averaging in the $5–8 price range make this an affordable-yet-exotic family experience.