Marche du Nain Rouge Festival and Parade in Detroit

Spot the Nain Rouge, the dastardly anti-hero of Detroit, on March 25, 2018 along the Cass Corridor at this 9th annual.

Everyone’s favorite “New Detroit” tradition returns for another year of thwarting the “legendary harbinger of doom” at the Marche du Nain Rouge on March 25, 2018, along the Cass Corridor.

Legend says Detroit’s founder, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, was told by a fortune teller that a red imp would cause trouble on his journey to the New World. Today, Detroiters fight back against the red imp in the Marche du Nain Rouge, which culminates in a visit from the Nain Rouge itself, armed with a giant cockroach car and taunts for the city’s residents.

Participants are encouraged to wear masks, and many wear red, to disguise themselves from the Nain Rouge (just in case it ever decided to take revenge). Some revelers even come out dressed in full Mardi Gras costumes while fire twirlers spin their batons down the parade route. Groups create intricate floats to compete for cash prizes, too.

In short, it’s a fun and bright Mardi Gras-like celebration of Detroit for and by the folks living across the city.

The free event starts at noon at the main stage at Canfield Street and Second Avenue with poetry, music and other live entertainment on March 25, 2018. The parade begins at 1 p.m. and follows Cass Avenue down to the Masonic Temple. Some after-party festivities will happen at local establishments in the area. Check on Facebook for details.

Park for $7.75 at Parking Lot 60, 72 or Structure 8, which accept credit cards and WSU OneCards.

For more on the Marche du Nain Rouge, and other family-friendly fun in and around Detroit, visit the Metro Parent calendar.

Photo courtesy of marchedunainrouge.com.

This post is updated regularly. 

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