Calendar – Community – Parade of Nations Multicultural Festival – Sept. 16

September 13, 2017

Houghton/Hancock – The Parade of Nations Multicultural Festival will be held on Saturday, September 16 beginning with a parade at 11 a.m. in Hancock, traveling across the Portage Lift Bridge to Dee Stadium in Houghton.

The Multicultural Festival begins at noon at Dee Stadium. Foods from around the world, including dishes from Iran, Indonesia, China, India, Ghana, Turkey, Nepal, Bangladesh, Africa and Ukraine, are on the menu. International entertainment is also on tap, with the Kivajat Finnish folk dancers, belly dancing by 47 North, a Bollywood extravaganza performed by Michigan Technological University’s Indian Student Association, a Keweenaw Bay Indian Community performance, the Michigan Tech Dance Team, the Maple Sugar Folk and singer Jan Arnold.

There will also be a crafts tent outside the Dee, and the upstairs ballroom in the stadium will feature quieter seating for diners and a series of Gappa talks by international students from Michigan Tech. Gappa is a Hindi word meaning “chit-chat,” a chance for Multicultural Festival guests to learn about and interact informally with international students.

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