There are signs the Nain’s powers are growing, but those who will stand up against him are also growing in number and strength.
Armed with Detroit pride and community spirit and an official coloring and activity book, marchers will gather in the Cass Corridor for the 7th year straight, meeting at the corner of Second and Canfield at 1 p.m. on March 20, 2016.
Will the Nain Rouge -- Detroit’s legendary harbinger of doom -- appear at the Marche du Nain Rouge, even when thousands will dress in costumes and celebrate their city pride? Marchers will be ready! They will proceed down Second to the steps of the Masonic Temple, where the parade will conclude with an annual show of Detroit love -- and a heck of an after party inside the Masonic.
Like other popular franchises, Episode 7 promises to be the best yet, says, Francis Grunow, co-founder of the Marche du Nain Rouge.
“With every Marche, we have seen more Detroiters participate in bolder, more creative ways,” Grunow says. “Our grants and workshops have helped plant the seeds to make this the best display of Detroit love, yet.”
Community floats and competition
Community groups from all seven Detroit districts will join in the revelry, thanks to seven $1,000 grants from the parade organizers. The grant money was donated through the parade’s first crowdfunding campaign, and matched by Midtown Detroit Inc., a sponsor of the Marche du Nain Rouge.
All Detroiters can compete in a Best in Show parade contest -- honoring groups who wear the best costumes and produce the most stellar non-motorized floats. At stake are trophies, cash prizes to use for community improvements of their choosing, and plenty of bragging rights. All city neighbors and groups are welcome to join in the friendly competition. Register by March 18, 2016, at www.marchedunainrouge.com. The parade cannot allow cars, trucks or other motorized vehicles.
Detroit’s Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions is hosting a free Neighborhood Marche Workshop to share their expertise, tips, and creative genius to help participants be Marche-ready by March 20.
“I love to help people take their most creative visions and make them into reality,” says Ralph Taylor, President of Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions. “You don’t need much more than a good idea and some simple materials to make stunning visual displays.”
The free workshop will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions, 6911 E Lafayette St. in Detroit.
The Marche du Nain Rouge starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at the corner of Canfield and Second in Detroit, and finishes at the Masonic Temple.
Find details at www.marchedunainrouge.com.