A Community Celebration
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s largest international festival brings together sister communities and regional influencers as well as more than 60 countries. Both Michigan Tech and nearby Finlandia University embrace the Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival spirit, with Michigan Tech President Glenn D. Mroz and Finlandia's president, Rev. Phillip Johnson walking in the Parade of Nations, along with mascots Blizzard T. Husky and Riku F. Lion. Finlandia also has a representative on the Parade Judges panel and on the Parade of Nations Committee, which strives to gather in all sectors of the universities and the surrounding community including our international residents, students, friends and visitors.
Adding to the excitement this year is our headline act, Breaksk8, an American professional roller skating dance crew. The skaters will roll though the parade, and will perform an energetic show at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on the Michigan Tech campus on Saturday, September 17th starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the event can be purchased online.
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. to 7:30 p.m., at the Houghton Country Arena. The event is BYO-skates, and is open to all ages and abilities.
Watch local media, and follow the Parade of Nations Facebook page for more upcoming events as area residents and our Campus community collaborate to raise awareness and funding for one of the area’s most-anticipated fall events.