Marche du Nain Rouge, Detroit Festival and Parade

Help chase the city's legendary bad-luck dwarf out of Detroit at this Mardi-Gras style march on March 22, 2015.


The Nain Rouge is back and trying to destroy Detroit! Dress the part, bring a stick and help drive this yellow-eyed, pig-nosed red devil out of the city during Marche du Nain Rouge, which takes place in Midtown in Detroit on March 22, 2015.

Centuries ago, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a legendary founder of Detroit met a fortune teller after a red devil called Nain Rouge appeared in his dreams. She warned him of future struggle and setback. Cadillac died broke, but the city he founded prospered … for the most part.

So now every spring during one of the most unique metro Detroit events, Detroiters rally together to celebrate and declare that the city is not dead. The city is flourishing and the city is free from the Nain Rouge.

Join in this traditional celebration featuring floats, flashy costumes and fun! Stick around for the after party at the Masonic Temple featuring a Kids Zone. Let your little one color and interact with other kids. Parents, you can check strollers in for only $3 as you enter the Fountain Ballroom.

This family-friendly event runs from 1 until 3 p.m. on Sunday. It’s free and parental guidance is recommended.

For more on the Marche du Nain Rouge, which returns to Midtown in Detroit, see the Metro Parent listing.

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