27th Annual Parade of Nations
Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 11 a.m.
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.
In keeping with the 2016 theme, this year’s celebration promises to be truly legendary. Expect flags, floats, food, and family entertainment presented with international flair. 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. And kids are invited to march with their countries. Show your Parade of Nations spirit with a sign and be entered in the Chicago Weekend Family Getaway drawing, a prize package that includes airfare, hotel, and entertainment.
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.