Especially for Children

Especially for Children

As we welcome students, staff, faculty and friends from more than 60 nations we also highlight the places and people of this region. Who better than our younger generations to represent the noteworthy heritage and proud culture of the Copper Country? Each year the Parade of Nations Committee selects two local elementary schools to create and display posters at the Multicultural Festival. Students use their imaginations and creativity to express their vision of the event, their cultural heritage, or family traditions through their artwork.

Promoting the Arts

This unique Parade of Nations-themed display is viewed by thousands from all over the U.P.—and the world. A showcase for extraordinary expression, it offers us insights into life experiences and cultures as seen through the eyes of our children. This year’s young artists hail from Chassell and EB Holman elementary schools.


  • 2015—Chassell and EB Holman Schools
  • 2014—Baraga and L'Anse Schools
  • 2013—Dollar Bay and Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools
  • 2012—South Range and Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw Schools
  • 2011—Houghton-Portage Township and Hancock Schools

Want Your School to Participate?

To learn more about the annual elementary school poster display project, educators may contact International Programs and Services at or 906-487-2160

Activities Galore

Face Painting

Pony Rides


Follow the parade route to free, fun activities at the fest, including poster art, face painting, pony rides and a full afternoon of performances, including the traditional Finnish-American Kivajat Dancers, 33 youngsters ages eight to 16.