INFORMATION TAKEN FROM THE FACEBOOK EVENT
This annual mardi-gras carnival like parade and celebration features people dressing up in costumes and mardi-gras masks as Detroiters gather to ban and unite against negativity - and show their love of the 'D. Everyone gets to march in the parade - EVERYONE! This is more than just a parade and celebration however - the goal is to unite us, focus on what is good - to build a better 'D - together and for everyone!
The Marche du Nain Rouge begins when Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Detroit and confronted the Nain Rouge (Red Devil) by purportedly hitting the Rouge with his cane. The Nain cursed our city founder and Detroit for life and since then the Nain Rouge has been spotted throughout Detroit’s 300 year history, usually at / during some of the D's most notorious points of crisis. If there is a problem - blame it on the Nain!
The Nain Rouge has been a bearer of doom and ill-tidings since the time of Detroit's founding - and we meet every year to banish the Nain with this celebration in the hope of better things to come.
FROM THE FOUNDER:
“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.”
1:00 pm from the Traffic Jam & Snug - Wayne State Campus. EVERYONE who attends gets to march in the parade to the Masonic Temple when the Nain is banished and an after-celebration takes place within the Masonic itself.
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Detroit: City of Culture, City of People, City of Postive Action, City of Destiny. Get Up, Get Down and Get Out to enjoy this cool version of Mardi Gras in the 'D!