Over 300 year ago, around the same time the city of Detroit was founded, an evil was discovered in and around the city. An evil that has plagued the people and the city, and even wrecked havoc upon the founder of Detroit, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. This ‘evil’ was said to have been a Nain Rouge, other wise known as the “red dwarf of Detroit.” This malevolent spirit cursed generations and brought ill tidings for many Detroiters. It wasn’t until La Marche du Nain Rouge, held the Saturday closest to the vernal (spring) Equinox, did the people of Detroit come together to abolish the Le Nain Rouge — until his fearful return the following the winter Solstice.
MARCHE DU NAIN ROUGE
SUNDAY, MARCH 20 1 – 7 P.M.
The Marche du Nain Rouge will return to banish the red dwarf who has haunted Detroit for more than 300 years!
Welcoming Costumed Marchers, Chariots and Charioteers, the Detroit Party Marching Band
and those who want set Detroit on a brighter course for a better future.
1 p.m. – OPENING CEREMONIES
- Gathering at 3rd Street Bar for the opening ceremony
- 10 community-created chariots built by Detroit neighborhood organizations and other revelers who want to rid Detroit of the Nain Rouge.
- A ticket booth will be in the parking lot where marchers can buy advanced tickets for food and beverages at the end of the Marche in Cass Park (details below).
1:30 p.m. – MARCH THROUGH CASS CORRIDOR
- The procession will then lead revelers through North Cass Corridor and down Cass Avenue to Cass Park. This year’s festival will be more demanding in Detroiters’ efforts to run the Nain Rouge out of the city. Additions to the festival include community-constructed, man-powered chariots and more street theatre along the Marche route.
3 p.m. – CASS PARK TO BANISH THE NAIN ROUGE AND CELEBRATE ANEW
- The revelry will be strong in Cass Park as Detroiters banish the Nain Rouge and celebrate anew with local bands, food provided by Slows Bar BQ and Avalon International Breads and beverages including Detroit Dwarf beer and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Bands include Golden, Car Parts and Loretta Lucas.
- The Marche is free!
- Tickets for food and beverages can be purchased at 3rd Street Bar and Cass Park the day of the event.
- Tickets are $3 each – 1 ticket for beer, 2 tickets for sandwiches.