International Programs and Services

Parade of Nations Floats

Building a float is a fun way to foster teamwork, memories, and awareness—and maybe earn some prize money. First- and second-place cash prizes ($200 and $100) will be awarded to University and Community floats.  The University category is open to an area college or university. Float Judges are stationed on the south side of the lift bridge in front of the Keweenaw Brewing Company (KBC). Show them your best moves! Winners announced at the Multicultural Festival  following the parade.

2018 Float Contest

Parade Judges

Judges will have the final say, but in general a float can be any motorized or non-motorized conveyance exhibiting a decorated display. So unleash your creativity and make this Parade of Nations legendary! Get the scoop on parade rules, registration and judging criteria. Then check out our tips to help you build a float.

Float judges


First Place: University—$200, Community—$200
Second Place: University —$100, Community—$100

Rules and Regs

Essential need-to-knows for flag-carrying, float building, ride-sharing and more for a fun and hassle-free Parade of Nations experience.

Register Your Float

Request a Flag

Student Activity Grant