Yup, the Nain is getting stronger. Will Detroit rise again? Only you know the answer. Appear as you once were, or yet could be, at Traffic Jam & Snug’s lot of parking (Canfield and Second), at or around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

The Marche du Nain Rouge has its roots in Detroit’s early history, when Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Detroit and was confronted by the Nain Rouge. He purportedly hit the Nain Rouge with his cane and became cursed for life. Since then, the Nain Rouge has been spotted throughout Detroit’s history, usual at the city’s most notorious occurrences.

“The idea with the Marche was to tap into Detroit’s rich history and use the Nain Rouge story as a way for Detroiters to come together in common purpose,” said Francis Grunow, co-creator of the Marche. “Of course it’s supposed to be silly and fun, but it’s also supposed to be positive and meaningful.”


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The event was reignited in 2010 when 400 Detroiters gathered to continue a lost tradition – to march the Nain Rouge out of Detroit on the Spring Equinox. The carnival-esque festival calls for all Detroiters to don costumes that mask themselves in front of the Nain Rouge and represent the effigy they want to shed.

There will be more. Of everything. And we’re all a year older to enjoy it as this year’s Marche du Nain Rouge promises to be bigger and better than ever… quite simply the most fantastically unique, community art parade Detroit has ever seen.

More details to follow in typical somewhat organized fashion. Mark your calendars and check back for details on Preparer le Nain Semaine fun March 16-22.