Nain Rouge – Cool Place to Visit in Detroit #7

Nain Rouge Parade – Every year Detroiters celebrate a new beginning  at the Nain Rouge Parade, more formally known as Marche Du Nain Rouge. This spring festival celebrates all that is going well and all that is creating a better city of Detroit.

Nain Rouge Parade Detroit Michigan

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At the Parade the Nain Rouge, an evil red dwarf, appears and taunts spectators about his evil accomplishments to the demise of the city of Detroit. Detroiters must overwelm the Nain Rouge to stop him from fulfilling his wicked plans.

Okay, maybe that last part sounded strange to you but it is all good fun. The parade represents Detroit overcoming issues and “aris[ing] from the ashes”.

Marche Du Nain Rouge

The Legend

The founder of Detroit Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the same Cadillac mentioned in our Ste. Anne’s post, met a fortune teller in 1701. This fortune teller told Cadillac to beware of the Nain Rouge, a red devil who appeared to Cadillac in a dream. The red devil was the embodiment of all of Cadillac’s negative traits. The fortune teller told Cadillac that if he settled in Detroit he would one day be successful, however it would be a struggle.

Cadillac allegedly encountered the Nain Rouge and fought him off with a stick as the devil taunted him mercilessly. Cadillac’s courage and willingness to endure has become a defining characteristic of the city he founded, Detroit. For over 300 years now Detroiters have been coming together to fend off the Nain Rouge to preserve their city, hoping for better things.

How it Helps

The Nain Rouge Parade helps to showcase all that is good about Detroit. It helps to instill pride with city and neighboring residents. Detroit is not a dead city and the parade reminds Detroiters that though times have been hard to the city they will overcome the hardships together.

More Information

To learn more about the Nain Rouge Parade please visit the Marche Du Nain Rouge site.

Reminder: the parade is on March 20th this year so be sure to attend and share with us your photos.

Marche Du Nain Rouge Site

Where do I go on March 20th?

The Marche du Nain Rouge Parade begins at 1 p.m., March 20th,  in the parking lot of Traffic Jam & Snug, 511 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201.

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