By: Amy Cooper, ACRONYM
Another year, another parade to push the Red Dwarf out of the city!
The Nain Rouge story goes back to the founding of Detroit, and according to the Marche du Nain Rouge Facebook page, the story goes as follows:
"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."
Every year, the lovers of Detroit parade down Cass Avenue from Motor City Brewing Works and Traffic Jam & Snug area all the way to the Masonic Temple, where the Nain gives his address to the city of Detroit. During the parade's festivities, the Nain also taunts the city-goers, with things like "I peed in your craft beer," "I'll make sure the Stanley Cup never comes back to Detroit," and, the one that hits too close to home, "I stole the catalytic converter off your car and made $8." The attendees then chant to get rid of the Dwarf, who retreats for another year.
With a Mardi Gras type flow, the Patrons of Detroit dress up in costume, and it becomes a pseudo Halloween. With fire performers, musicians, and more, it becomes a fun day for all. Despite the rain, the performers, the parade-goers, and Detroiters had a great time.
Check out the gallery and the two videos below to see the festivities!