Saturday, September 24, 2022
This year marks the 13th annual Celebration of Nations, an annual 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 24, 2022.
Celebration of Nations will begin with the Parade of Nations at 11 a.m. This year, the parade route will start at the Chancellor’s Residence located at the corner of 11th Street and State Street. The parade will proceed east on 11th Street to North Oak, then turn south on North Oak Street, travel under the 10th Street overpass, and conclude at the Downtown Bandshell and festival lot. The parade will feature flags carried by Missouri S&T international students representing their home countries, marching bands, dignitaries, and the ever-popular camels.
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, and the City of Rolla. 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 at the Rolla Bandshell from noon until 4 p.m. and will include “Celebrate Talent” featuring international student groups from Missouri S&T.
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 financial support provided by the members of our university, town, region and world communities. You can contribute to our region's unique and accessible Celebration of Nations in a variety of ways.