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Filling streets and stomachs

September 24, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - The 23rd annual Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival was another success, with dozens of countries filling streets and stomachs.

Things went very well, said Darnishia Slade, who is in her first year as organizer.

"It's just amazing how far it's come, and with people enjoying it, celebrating the cultures," she said.

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Students from India and China march down Shelden Avenue during Saturday’s Parade of Nations. More than 60 countries participated in Saturday’s Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival.

Onlookers in Hancock and Houghton were treated to colorful displays from more than 60 countries.

The paraders marched to Dee Stadium, where tables were filled with people sampling the various cuisines on display, many getting back up in search of another dish.

Iran's booth had Persian cuisine including aush, kenafeh and veggie and potato varieties of kuku.

Sara Alian, a master's student in forestry at Michigan Technological University, and business and economics major Modir Roosta, took about 10 hours to prepare the food.

"It was great," Alian said. "Everything was smoother than last year. We are satisfied. The kitchen and the staff, they helped us a lot."

Jehanzeb Ashraf, an electrical engineering student at Michigan Tech, was eating Indian food.

"It's a good experience, and it's very well-organized," he said. "Everyone is very friendly and very cheerful."

Daniel Nevins, a geological engineering student from Grand Haven, Mich., said his favorite was the spicy chicken from Nepal.

"I couldn't feel my mouth for about five minutes afterward, but as soon as the feeling came back, it was pretty great," he said.

This was the second time Nevins had come.

"I like being able to try the different foods, and it gives you something to do on a Saturday," he said.



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