Hundreds of revelers ready to drive red dwarf from Detroit
Some Detroit businesses offer discounts, specials ahead of annual Marche du Nain Rouge event
Hundreds of revelers drove the red dwarf out of Detroit during the annual Marche du Nain Rouge on Sunday.
Marche runs from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Cass Corridor neighborhood south of Wayne State University
The event features masked and costumed participants taking to Detroit's streets to banish the folkloric "Nain Rouge," or "red dwarf," and save the city from its woes
It begins with a 5K run, called the Run du Nain Rouge. It's being organized by Tour de Troit.
Detroit businesses are offering discounts leading up to this weekend's annual event.
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The discounts and specials being offered this week by retailers and restaurants include 10 percent off all standard bicycle tune-ups at The Hub of Detroit; "The Effigy Pizza" at Motor City Brewing Works and a discount on Detroit almanacs at Source Booksellers.
The official festivities begin at Traffic Jam & Snug's parking lot. The community is invited to gather for the opening ceremony, where amidst chants and taunts, the Nain Rouge is expected to appear.
History of the march:
The first Marche du Nain Rouge purportedly began more than 300 years ago and the modern day festival, which first took place in 2010, is an interpretation of the long-lost tradition.
Peter Van Dyke and Francis Grunow recreated the modern day event. As Detroiters, they recognized a need for their 700,000-some neighbors to join together to shed the bad and celebrate the future. They resolved to banish the Nain Rouge from the city. The first year's Marche was quickly planned and quickly gained street cred. In a matter of three months, a pop-up parade was inspired. It started at 3rd Street Bar's parking lot, where approximately 300 revelers showed.
What to see:
Detroiters come dressed in every way imaginable, they dress in costumes so the Nain Rouge will not recognize them and seek revenge on them later.
Now, in its forth year, old traditions are enjoying a continued revival while new traditions are being co-conspired as the city once again banishes the Nain Rouge from Detroit.
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