Parade of Nations Announces Theme, Date, Contests

Jennifer B Donovan

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Chinese students carry a dragon in the Parade of NationsMichigan Technological University

The Parade of Nations has chosen a theme for its 2022 event that is extremely appropriate for the times we live in: The World is One

This year’s Parade of Nations will take place on September 17. International food returns this year, with international student organizations offering the cuisine of their countries. Food will be available for take-out only, at the Dee Stadium.

The Parade of Nations is an annual celebration of the multiculturalism of our community. It has been the premiere fall festival in the Keweenaw since 1989. Representatives of more than 50 nations march in the parade, wearing the colorful traditional dress of their countries and carrying flags.

Members of our local First Nation, the Ojibwa tribe, lead the parade in recognition and celebration of the Native Americans who were first to call this place home.

A logo contest is under way, with students from area schools invited to submit logos. The logo contest deadline is May 15, with the winner to be announced shortly thereafter.  The winner will receive a $300 prize, and their logo will be featured on Parade of Nations T-shirts.

Michigan Tech is offering a $1,000 scholarship to Tech for an essay contest winner. Area high school seniors who plan to attend Michigan Tech are eligible to participate.  The essay focuses on multiculturalism.  Students will write about what multiculturalism means to them and why it matters to them, their community, our country and the world.

Student and community organizations are invited to enter floats or march in the Parade.

For more information, see https://www.mtu.edu/international/get-involved/parade-nations/, email ips.mtu.edu, or call 906-487-2160.

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I worked for two decades as a reporter for newspapers iincluding the Dallas Times Herald and San Francisco Chronicle. Most recently, I worked as director of news and media relations for Michigan Technological University.

Houghton, MI
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