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 on 11th Street. The parade will turn left at Rolla Street, and then turn right on to Pine Street. It will continue down Pine past the Hasselmann Alumni House to 8th Street. It will turn left in front of Phelps County Bank to the Festival Area and continue down 8th Street to Oak Street where it will turn left and conclude past the Downtown Bandshell. 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.
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” and the new "Celebrate Fashion" event featuring international students and 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.