28th Annual Parade of Nations
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 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.
The 2016 theme was "Passport to the World". In keeping with the 2016 theme, the celebration was truly legendary with flags, floats, food, and family entertainment presented with international flair. Adding to the excitement, our headline act was Breaksk8, an American professional roller skating dance crew. The skaters rolled through the parade, and performed an exciting show at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on the Michigan Tech campus.
Gearing up to Saturday's festivities, the Keweenaw Roller Derby Girls hosted a FREE open roller skate/blade event on Wednesday, September 14th from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., at the Houghton County Arena. The event was BYO-skates, and was open to all ages and abilities. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
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. Show your Parade of Nations spirit with a sign and be entered in the "I Love Parade of Nations" 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.