Parade of Nations Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Parade of Nations Celebrates its 25th Anniversary
by Jennifer Donovan, director of news and media relations

This September is the 25th anniversary of the Parade of Nations, the popular parade and multicultural festival that has become a harbinger of fall in the Copper Country. The theme–fittingly–is Around the World in 25 Years: A Silver Jubilee.

The parade itself and the multicultural festival that follows it in the Dee Stadium are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13. But those colorful events–and a dramatic Step Afrika performance that night at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts–are just the finale to a week-long Parade of Nations Silver Jubilee celebration.

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, Parade of Nations founder Betty Chavis will present the history of the event at a free public program at the Portage Lake District Library. Several international students from Michigan Tech will participate as well, talking about their countries, their cultures and their impressions of the Keweenaw.

On Friday, Sept. 12, at Michigan Tech, Arun Gandhi–the grandson of the legendary Mahatma Gandhi–will discuss the lessons he has learned from his grandfather. The program is free and open to the public.

For the full story, see Michigan Tech News:
Tech Today – July 8, 2014

Parade of Nations 25th Celebration

Since 1989 campuses of Michigan Tech and Finlanda have celebrated the cultural richness of our community with the Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival. Our Mission:
“The Parade of Nations strives to promote worldwide culture and national awareness to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through an annual event that includes a parade and multicultural festival.”

The 2014 celebration scheduled for September 13, 2014 will mark the 25th year of the events, and the planning committee is looking for staff, faculty and students who are interested in helping to plan and coordinate the week-long festivities. We are in search of passionate individuals who are excited about cultural to join this year’s special projects committee. For more information or if you would like to join the Parade of Nations Committee please contact Darnishia Slade at We are excited to have you!

International Ski Day: Saturday, January 25, 2014

IPS, Mont Ripley and The Graduate Student Government are hosting an international ski day at Mont Ripley on Saturday, January 25, 2014.  All international students and their family and friends are invited to join IPS staff for a great day of downhill skiing at reduced prices.

Tickets go on sale Monday, January 20 at IPS. One day only reduced lesson and rental fees:

$12 for skis or snowboard rental (includes boots and poles)

$5 for ski or snowboard lesson (11am or 1pm)

$11 lift tickets*

*The Michigan Tech ‘Experience Tech’ fee covers the use of Mont Ripley for current MTU students, bring your Tech ID. Michigan Tech student spouse and/or dependents can purchase an I.D. card for only $5.  For complete details, see:

Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis through Thursday, January 23 or when we reache capacity. Fees are non-refundable.

Volunteer Opportunity

International Programs and Services is looking volunteers to help welcome new international students to campus. We need drivers to pick up students form the airport, take students shopping and orient them to their new home. Plus, this a great way for you to meet new friends!

Contact Mary Stevens for more information.