And for once, a road closure was a welcome sight on Sunday, as Midtown prepared for one of its most memorable parades.
“I’m excited and a little nervous, because I don’t know if people remember how to do a parade, but we’re gonna try,” said co-founder Francis Grunow ahead of the March 20 parade.
The Marche du Nain Rouge banner was hung at the Masonic Temple, and thousands descended upon Cass Corridor Sunday -- and with all the pomp and pageantry you’d expect.
“It’s kind of a mix of Mardi Gras and Halloween,” Grunow said. “People come as their alter egos so the Nain Rouge doesn’t recognize them.”
As legend has it, the Nain Rouge has been a harbinger of doom since Detroit was founded. Each year, crowds gather at the beginning of the spring season to kick off a new year by marching the Nain Rouge -- the devil, or, literally, “red dwarf” -- out of town.
Maybe the Nain Rouge is to blame for keeping revelers away for the past few years -- but this year, they are back with a vengeance. The wait is finally over to wear red and restore order in the city of Detroit.
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