Parade of Flags

Video of #WorldAtWestern | Parade of Flags at Western Michigan University | a Homecoming Tradition

The parade of flags is a colorful display of multicultural diversity on the WMU campus that has become an annual tradition that precedes the WMU Homecoming football game. It features some of the University's more than 1,850 international students from over 100 nations carrying flags of their home countries across the playing field.

Flag bearers assist in the program by carrying flags from each nation represented at WMU in the parade, which takes place just before kickoff of the homecoming football game in Waldo Stadium.

Flag bearers and others will gather at Kanley Track for a pre-game tailgate party, where attendees will be able to enjoy complimentary food and assemble flags for the parade. All students, WMU employees and members of the community are welcome to register to attend the tailgate and participate in the parade.

Those planning to participate may indicate a specific country they would like to represent in the parade; however, flags are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

To volunteer as a flag bearer or for more information, visit WMU's Global Engagement Activities office in 2425H Ellsworth Hall 2nd floor, email