Saturday, September 23, 2023

This year marks the 14th annual Celebration of Nations, an event that unites the countries and cultures that make up our community by increasing awareness of the vibrant cultural diversity in Rolla.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2023. 

Celebration of Nations will begin with the Parade of Nations at 11 a.m.   The parade will feature flags carried by Missouri S&T international students and community members representing their home countries, marching bands, dignitaries, and the ever-popular camels.  NEW this year is the "It's a Small Float After All" miniature float competition.  The theme for this year is "Wonders of the World".  Check back soon for specifications on the size limits for each "mini float" and other important details!  

Celebration of Nations gives area residents and Missouri S&T students the opportunity to showcase and celebrate the vibrant cultural diversity that makes Rolla unique to the Ozarks. Created in 2010, the annual event gets bigger and better each year thanks to outstanding participation and support from the community, sponsors, the City of Rolla, and Missouri S&T.  Downtown Rolla comes alive for this family-friendly, multicultural event that includes international foods, cultural displays, live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, and an expanded Family Station Area and Kids Korner featuring hands-on activities for children of all ages.  Live entertainment will be featured on three performances stages including the Rolla Bandshell from noon until 4 p.m. Signature events include: "Celebrate Fashion“ and Celebrate Talent”  featuring international students and groups from Missouri S&T.

Support Celebration of Nations

The financial support of our community keeps the tradition alive.

The Celebration of Nations festival grows every year. It remains a “free” event for all through the generous  support provided by Missouri S&T, the City of Rolla, and additional financial support from sponsors: businesses, service organizations, and other groups and individuals.  You can contribute to our region's unique and accessible Celebration of Nations in a variety of ways.  

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Check out this video to learn more about Celebration of Nations!
Missouri S&T's 2021 Celebration of Nations - Check it out!