Calling it acrobatics is putting it mildly. China Gold, the headline act for the 2017 Parade of Nations, presents a martial arts-based display of strength, speed and agility.
Lighting, music, choreography and stage effects underscore feats of athleticism, grace and gymnastic prowess, as these talented performers showcase the Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese female dancers.
China Gold was recently featured on international television, reaching an estimated 1.7 billion viewers worldwide. The Parade of Nations performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 16, following the Parade at 11 a.m. from Hancock to Houghton and the Multicultural Festival at Dee Stadium at noon.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and no charge for students who have paid the Experience Tech fee. Tickets will go on sale on August 16.
Think Globally, Celebrate Locally
September marks the 28th annual Parade of Nations, a celebration of the international heritage and multi-cultural essence of the community. This year’s theme is “Think Globally, Celebrate Locally.”
More than 60 countries will be represented in the parade. Rick Buis Stanitis, director of Canterbury House, has agreed to serve as parade marshal.
University and community groups interested in entering a float in the parade can sign up online. Groups wanting to have a food or crafts booth at the Multicultural Festival can also fill out a form online.
Whether you toss candy, applaud the floats, bands and marchers, or just hold an “I Love Parade of Nations” sign high in the air, your support for the Parade of Nations could be rewarded with a Chicago Getaway package that includes airfare and hotel accommodations for two and a “Go Chicago” card good for three attractions of your choice. The winner will be announced at the Multicultural Festival following the parade, featuring food, crafts and entertainment from many lands.
Get a Parade of Nations T-shirt
Parade of Nations T-shirts are on sale for $20 at the International Programs and Services store website, where supporters can also donate to the event.
Parade of Nations is sponsored by Michigan Tech, Finlandia, and community businesses and residents. The headline act is sponsored in part by the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the MUB Board.
Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, the University offers more than 125 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.