On Sunday, March 24, thousands of revelers will take to the streets of Detroit’s Cass Corridor for the fourth annual Marche du Nain Rouge. Crowds will gather to banish the Nain Rouge, the evil red dwarf that has haunted the City of Detroit for more than 300 years.
The annual march is held the weekend closest to the spring equinox, and is an opportunity for Detroiters to purge the bad juju while celebrating the beginning of spring.
As legend has it, the Nain has plagued the people and the city since it cursed Detroit’s founder, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac in 1701. With its piercing green eyes, red fur and rotting teeth, the Nain Rouge is a devilish looking creature whose appearances have foretold some of Detroit’s most devastating disasters including the 1805 fire and the War of 1812. His legend is also behind the name of Detroit Beer Company’s famous Detroit Dwarf.
This year’s festivities will kick off at 11 a.m. on Sunday with a new 5k Run du Nain Rouge (registration closes tonight at midnight). The annual Marche du Nain Rouge will follow at 1 p.m. starting in the parking lot of Traffic Jam & Snug.
There will be a handful of after parties and plenty of local businesses have come forward offering Nain-themed promotions including MotorCity Brewing Works, Yoga Shelter Midtown and Wheelhouse Detroit – all in the name of banishing this malevolent spirit from our beloved city. Check out a full list of the local business promos here.
Photos courtesy Marche Du Nain Rouge Facebook
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