Between a pandemic and construction, Saturday’s Parade of Nations looked different than past iterations, but the same uplifting message still came across in spades. Lining up near the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce office next to Franklin Square, Tech and Finlandia students hailing from dozens of countries around the world walked west to Kestner Waterfront Park.
Founder Betty Chavis says she borrowed the idea from a Minnesota festival over 30 years ago.
She talks about what lessons the Parade of Nations teaches students and the community.
Under normal circumstances, a cultural expo happens inside Dee Stadium where there is a food festival featuring native cuisine and entertainment. It is expected to return next year.