International Programs and Services

Parade of Nations


Dear University Community, 

This weekend we celebrated the 30th annual Parade of Nations. No event better represents our University value of Community. Unfortunately, we learned over the weekend that Temple Jacob in Hancock was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti. These actions and the intentions behind such hate crimes stand in direct opposition to the values that we and so many others in our community embrace.

Please extend your support to Temple Jacob and its members. Our ability to come together in solidarity can demonstrate to all members of our community that they are welcomed and included.


Rick Koubek

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.

Parade of Nations 2019, "30 Years Bridging Cultures," will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

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.