Breaksk8, Roller Derby Girls Featured in Upcoming Parade of Nations
Plans for this year’s Parade of Nations are rolling right along. The headline act this year is Breaksk8, a professional jam-skating team that likes to push the limits of what can be done with wheels under your shoes.
They have toured the world and appeared in films. Breaksk8 will skate in the parade on Saturday, Sept. 17 and put on a colorful show at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on the Michigan Tech campus later that evening.
The Keweenaw Roller Girls (KRG) will also skate in the parade. On Wednesday, Sept. 14—three days before the parade—the KRG will host an Open Skate for the community at the Houghton County Arena.
The KRG website describes roller derby as a fast-paced, full-contact sport that takes place entirely on quad roller skates. It is primarily played by women.
"Passport to the World" is the theme of the 2016 Parade of Nations. The 27th annual event is a celebration of the international heritage and flavor of the Keweenaw.
It kicks off with a parade from Hancock to the Dee Stadium in Houghton, with floats, bands and marchers in traditional dress carrying the flags of their countries. A cultural festival featuring food, crafts and entertainment of many nations will follow the parade.
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