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MARCHE DU NAIN ROUGE
Every March around the Equinox, thousands of revelers gather for a parade through Midtown Detroit to celebrate their city.
They wear grand costumes, build spectacular floats, roll out marching bands and krewes representing all corners of the city.
Will the Nain Rouge — Detroit’s legendary harbinger of doom — appear at the Marche du Nain Rouge, armed with witty barbs and a half-baked scheme to take Detroiters down a notch? Come to the parade and find out!
Marche du Nain Rouge is a nonprofit run primarily by volunteers.
THE MAIN EVENT
All are invited to join in the 10th Annual Marche du Nain Rouge, a parade made up of the citizens of Detroit. Just show up!
Noon: Gather at the corner of Canfield and Second, right next to Traffic Jam & Snug, for a celebration of Detroit with live entertainment.
1 p.m.: We parade down to the Masonic Temple. You are the parade, so come masked or fully costumed. Bring a marching band. Wear a costume. Build a human-powered float. Put on a mask, cover your body in glitter — whatever it takes.
Should the Nain Rouge, Detroit’s legendary harbinger of doom, try something dastardly, we will show him that hope prevails in the city that rises from the ashes. Bring your sense of Detroit pride and sense of humor.
NO OPEN CARRY OF ALCOHOL. Be Smart! Also, be respectful of fellow parade attendees and our neighbors, residents and businesses in the area. And be cool to everyone, especially protesters. We welcome all views on the legend of the Nain Rouge.
Awards will be presented to Detroit neighborhood groups with the best floats!
Free! There is no cost, just come out with your costume and have a good time.
When the parade is done, stick around for the after parties! Watch this page for details!
Walk on over, or take the bus, QLine, or bike! Here’s some links:
Parking is available on the street, and for a special rate of $7.75 at nearby Wayne State University lots and structures (Lots 60 and 72 and Structure 8).
LYFT: Use Code NAINROUGE for 25% off a ride to or from the event. Link: https://www.lyft.com/invite/NAINROUGE