HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) -- Sixty countries were represented in Michigan Technological University's 27th annual Parade of Nations on September 17.
Sixty countries were represented in Michigan Technological University's 27th annual Parade of Nations on September 17.
"It's a really cool event, actually," Michigan Tech. student Xiucheng Zhu said. "I met a lot of friends, actually, that first year I was here. I met all my friends here actually from all over the world."
Locals and students lined E. Montezuma Ave. as the parade marched past. Sixteen percent of the student body are international students. Some said assimilating into American culture can be difficult.
"It's really hard to do," prospective Michigan Tech. student Mahti Rahim said. "Like, I know what kind of food they have. Really, I don't like those kinds of food. Especially, I'm going to cry for my rice!"
But organizers said the parade built a "spirit of understanding and unity" by recognizing the diversity of cultures at Michigan Tech.
The theme this year was "Passport to the World." Parade-goers could catch a glimpse of other countries' cultures through floats, flags and students dressed in traditional clothing.
International students at the parade praised Michigan Tech. for raising multicultural awareness.
"I think they do welcome everyone," prospective Michigan Tech. student Ayad Fadhel said. "The other people that I met, they were [all] good people, and very nice people, and very kind people. I recommend all people to come here. They're nice people here."
The parade began in Hancock, marched across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge and ended at Dee Stadium, where a multicultural festival with international food and crafts vendors ran all afternoon.