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Drawings of Nain_5541There’s an evil little red devil that has haunted Detroit for over 300 years. He’s known on the streets as the Nain Rouge. The dwarf-like creature lurks about the city spreading ill tidings and heartache upon the good residents of the city. He’s been doing his evil deeds since the days of Cadillac, the founder of Detroit. Legend has it that the red devil crossed paths with Cadillac and his wife while they were out walking one evening. Cadillac yelled at the dwarf to get out of his way and struck him with his walking stick. The little red monster vanished into the darkness with a wicked, evil laugh and placed a curse on the city. Since then he has rained down ill tidings and anguish upon Detroiters.

For the past few years, thousands of costumed revelers gathered and marched through the Cass Corridor neighborhood of Detroit on the first Sunday of spring to drive the evil Nain Rouge out of the city for the upcoming year. This year’s Marche du Nain Rouge was held this past Sunday. Like past Marches, revelers dressed in colorful costumes to hide their identity, so when the evil red devil returns next year he won’t hunt them down and cause heartache in their lives for having him exiled.

Some costumes seemed surreal and bizarre

Some costumes were surreal and bizarre

This is great, I love it

Gotta love this plane costume

Probably the warmest marcher there

Probably the warmest marcher there

After opening ceremonies at the corner of Second Avenue and Canfield, the parade (led by the popular Detroit Party Marching Band) wound its way through the surrounding neighborhood streets to the cheers of those lining the parade route. The Mardi Gras style parade eventually ended at the Historic Masonic Temple where the evil Nain Rouge made his appearance on stage and was quickly banished from the city by merrymakers.

Participants sported an array of colorful costumes

Participants sported an array of colorful costumes

This lady took advantage of the large crowd to get her message out

This woman took advantage of the large crowd to get her political message out

An estimated 3,500 to 4,000 participants took part in the annual Marche and they included men and women of all ages, toddlers, older kids, and dogs. Most sported a variety of costumes, with red appearing to be the dominant color. Prior to the Marche, there was a 5K run appropriately named Run du Nain Rouge.

Thousands jammed the street in front of the Masonic Temple

Thousands jammed the street in front of the Masonic Temple to get a glimpse of the red devil

Afterglow party in the Fountain Room of the Masonic Temple

An afterglow party was held in the Fountain Room of the Masonic Temple

This annual lively event is always a blast and a great way to kick off spring-time in Detroit!

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