28th Annual Parade of Nations
Saturday, September 16th, 2017
The 2017 Parade of Nations theme is "Think Globally, Celebrate Locally." 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.
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.
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.
The Parade of Nations and the Rozsa Center present China Gold, an expert display of Chinese martial arts, dance, and acrobats. China Gold showcases the Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu, high flying acrobatics, and several sensational Chinese female dancers. The performance takes place at the Rozsa Center on Saturday, September 16th at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale August 16th. Visit www.tickets.mtu.edu for details and tickets.