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No Parade of Nations but they’re still celebrating multi-culturalism

THE LOGO DESIGNED by Linnea Oja of Hancock.

HOUGHTON — Due to COVID-19, the popular Parade of Nations and multicultural festival that followed have been canceled for this fall, but Parade of Nations lives. Its sponsors still are making plans to celebrate the Keweenaw’s rich international heritage in safe and healthy ways.

This year’s theme is “One World, Our World.” A logo designed by Linnea Oja of Hancock won a competition to represent the theme.

Early in September, flags of the dozens of nations represented at Michigan Tech, Finlandia and throughout the Keweenaw will be displayed on streetlight poles in Houghton and Hancock. Their appearance will mark the kickoff of a Parade of Nations scavenger hunt that challenges teams of students, organizations and individuals to follow clues throughout the community.

Social distancing will be observed by each competing team as they search for answers to, “What country does this represent?” The first-, second- and third-place teams will receive $300, $200 and $100 gift certificates in a drive-through ceremony on the Michigan Tech campus. Watch for details on how to join the scavenger hunt.

T-shirts will be available for purchase at https://secure.touchnet.net/C21042_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=56&CATID=111.

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