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March 26, 2017 : Marche du Nain Rouge Held in Detroit

Jon Harrison

Hit the road, Nain, and don’t you come back no more! Loyal Detroiters will unite Sunday to do their civic duty by driving the nasty Nain Rouge from the city for another year. The mythical red dwarf has been associated for centuries with doom and gloom in the D, and he’s both celebrated and scorned at the annual MARCHE DU NAIN ROUGE in Midtown. The festivities start at noon at the corner of Cass and Canfield. The parade down Cass kicks off at 1 p.m. and ends at the Masonic Temple, where the Nain will tease and taunt the pro-Detroit crowd before he’s banished.

The annual Marche du Nain Rouge attracts crowds dressed in garish Halloween wear, from a zebra costume to a box of candy, as well as fire twirlers, and a juggler.

For the full article, see Daniel Bethencourt, "Marche du Nain Rouge returns to Midtown, as demon flees", Detroit Free Press, March 20, 2016.

Tanya Moutzalias, "21 captivating costumes from Detroit's Marche du Nain Rouge", MLive, March 21, 2016.

Also see March 23, 1710 : First Recorded Parade Held in Detroit to Oust Le Nain Rouge and the Evil He Exudes

Greg Crawford and Ashley Zlatopolsky, Detroit Free Press , "The weekend's best: Detroit arts & entertainment", Detroit Free Press, March 23, 2017.



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