Annual Parade of Nations held at MTU

HOUGHTON – Bill Deephouse and Marcia Goodrich found a place to sit on Shelden Avenue Saturday to watch the Parade of Nations, but they were a little surprised there were relatively few people joining them a few minutes before the 11 a.m. start of the parade, which this year was themed “Global Variation in One Location.”

Deephouse, who is from Hancock, said he’s been to only a few of the parades, but he liked what he saw.

“I enjoy the heck out of it,” he said.

The parade is a Michigan Tech University event, and Goodrich said she’s been a Tech employee for about 20 years. She’s been to 10 parades and appreciates the fact it’s a celebration of the cultural diversity of the university.

“They’re always lots of fun,” she said of the parade. “It makes me so happy to see all the students so happy with their culture and sharing it with us.”

The parade started in front of Finlandia University’s Quincy Green on Quincy Street, then traveled across the Portage Canal lift bridge to Shelden Avenue in Houghton. Marchers then turned down Isle Royale Street and headed to Dee Stadium, where the the multicultural festival was attended by about 4,000 people.