HOUGHTON - In an effort to get more people involved in the Parade of Nations and Multi-cultural Festival, held in Houghton this weekend, the committee is asking the community to take part in a different way.
New this year, due to a donation from Eagle Radio, the committee is giving local businesses a chance to win a cash prize for decorating their store fronts for the parade, which begins at 11 a.m. Saturday in Hancock.
"Eagle Radio has been a great supporter in this," said Tim Jaska, Eagle Radio representative and community volunteer. "We are hoping to boost participation this year."
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Walkers representing Canada and Cameroon cross the Portage Lake Lift Bridge during last year’s Parade of Nations. The public is asked to decorate their businesses for this year’s event, set for Saturday
Instead of judging who decorates their space the best, Jaska said anyone who participates will have their name thrown into a drawing for the cash prize.
The idea to reach out to surrounding businesses came about in a brainstorming session to get more people involved.
Jaska said Eagle Radio took the reins and offered an incentive for celebrating.
"We thought it would be nice to see all of the store fronts decorated," he said.
The idea is to celebrate each individual ethnicity. Jaska said it doesn't even matter what each business picks as its heritage to represent.
"We urge everyone to wear their native or ancestral costumes to the Parade of Nations, whether they plan to march or watch," said Bob Wenc, publicity chair and International Programs community outreach liason.
Businesses are even encouraged to hang drawings created specifically for the Parade of Nations by the kids in Great Explorations, Wenc said.