Hundreds of folks turned out for the 2nd Annual Celebration of Nations held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 in downtown Rolla. Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III and Dr. Kent Wray, Interim Chancellor of Missouri S&T were the parade marshals who also welcomed everyone at the downtown bandshell following the parade.
A huge international festival, including numerous booths, international foods, and exhibits was held in the downtown festival lot, while the International Idol competition was held at the bandshell.
John Butz, Rolla City Administrator, (left) proudly displays the new City of Rolla flag during the Celebration of Nations Parade held Sept. 24, 2011 in downtown Rolla. Hundreds of residents lined Pine Street to show their support and enthusiasm for the international celebration. (Scott Grahl/City of Rolla photo).
Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III (back left), joins Dr. Kent Wray, Interim Chancellor of Missouri S&T, as Parade Marshal for the 2nd Annual Celebration of Nations held Sept. 24, 2011. The City of Rolla and Missouri S&T logos on the banner indicate how the event reflects a strong partnership between the City and University. (Scott Grahl/City of Rolla photo)
Lt. Rick Williams with the Rolla Police Department, gives spectators attending the Celebration of Nations parade Sept. 24, 2011 a thumbs up! The new VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) vehicle that was a result of a partnership between the RPD and Rolla Technical Institute (RTI), follows behind. (Scott Grahl/City of Rolla photo)