International Programs and Services

Parade of Nations



Parade of Nations 2020, "One World - Our World," will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

Add to Calendar 09/19/2020 11 a.m. 09/19/2020 noon America/Detroit Parade of Nations 2020 One World - Our World Hancock to Houghton, ending at the Dee Stadium for the multicultural festival.

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 $1,000 in cash prizes. Everyone is invited to march with their country.

The procession winds up at the Houghton Dee Stadium, a historic waterfront venue transformed into a global marketplace featuring dozens of food and craft booths and performers from around the world. The multicultural festival includes free children’s activities, and meals averaging in the $5–8 price range, make this an affordable-yet-exotic family experience.

Parade of Nations Offers Scholarship for Multiculturalism Essay

scheduled for Saturday, September 19.  This is the 31st anniversary of the popular fall festival.

The Parade of Nations committee is pleased to announce a new $1,000 scholarship to a local high school senior who will be attending Michigan Technological University in the Fall of 2020.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Submit a 500-750 word essay which addresses these questions:
    • What does multiculturalism mean to you?
    • Why does it matter to you, to your community, to our country, to the world?
  • Applicants must be a 2020 graduate from a local high school who will be attending Michigan Technological University in Fall of 2020
  • Applicants are to participate in the Parade of Nations on Saturday, September 19, 2020

Students from Calumet, Lake Linden, Dollar Bay, Hancock, Houghton, Jeffers, Chassell, Baraga and L’Anse are being invited to apply.

The deadline to submit the essays is July 1, 2020.

Essays should be sent to International Programs and Services, Room 200, Administration Building at Michigan Tech, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton 49931, attention Laura Givens.

The theme of the 2020 Parade of Nations is "One World, Our World." It is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19. This is the 31st anniversary of the popular fall festival.

For more information, contact Laura Givens,, 906-487-2813