A Community Celebration

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.

Special Events

In the days leading up to the Parade and Festival, excitement, fellowship and learning opportunities build. From 6–7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, enjoy an evening of “Lore and Legends” at Portage Lake District Library on the Houghton Waterfront. The Houghton Area Writer’s Club, a mix of student and community scribes, will preside over a story-telling session highlighting local and international lore with a dramatic flair. No charge and open to the public.

Hancock Rotary Club is teaming up with Parade of Nations as well as pairing delicious food and wine for an international tasting event from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, September 17, at the Finnish-American Heritage Center in Hancock. Presented by Kangas Café and Peterlin Distributing, the event will include light music and a chance to chat with students who have studied abroad. 

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.