The annual Parade of Nations will take place this Saturday, September 18, starting at 11 a.m. at the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, across from the miner’s statue in Houghton. The Parade will head down the hill to Lakeshore Drive, past Dee Stadium and follow Lakeshore Drive past Bridgeview Park, ending at Kestner Park. It will not go through downtown Houghton this year.
Nearly 30 countries will be represented by marchers with flags or floats. Richard Koubek, president of Michigan Tech; Philip Johnson, Finlandia president; and Wayne Gersie, vice president for diversity and inclusion at Michigan Tech all will walk in the Parade. Bob Wenc, longtime member of the Parade of Nations organizing committee, will be Parade marshal.
Karen Colbert will sing the National Anthem at Bridgeview Park, where Scavenger Hunt winners will be announced, and they will be invited to walk in the Parade. At Kestner Park there will be opportunities to take photos with the flags of many nations.
The annual festival sponsored by Michigan Technological University and Finlandia University celebrates the multi-cultural heritage of the Keweenaw.
For more information, see https://www.mtu.edu/