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Parade of Nations this Saturday

Correction: The route change is not due to COVID-19, but instead related to an issue with obtaining a state permit to have the parade on US-41 this year.

The 32nd Parade of Nations will be a Houghton only affair on Saturday due to construction and restrictions put in place to mitigate COVID-19. The route will take participants down Lakeshore Drive, passing by Bridgeview Park beginning at around 11:00 AM.

The Parade Marshall is a familiar face to the effort. Bob Wenc worked for years in Michigan Tech’s International Program and Services office and has been involved with this event nearly since the beginning. He says he is always floored by the scope of it, although this year will look a bit different.

When Dee was available, we had over 2,000 people, we counted them, show up at Dee Stadium. Along with 1,000 more along the parade route.

In 2021, there will be no culinary showcase and with the parade moved down to Lakeshore Drive, that will limit the number of spectators as well. Wenc says that even with a limited itinerary the Parade of Nations organizers should be recognized for how much work they put into the event.

It’s a big job. It’s an all-year job. We don’t just do it in one month.

The Parade of Nations is the largest community gathering Tech has outside of Winter Carnival.

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