The Marche du Nain Rouge will return to banish the red dwarf who has haunted Detroit for more than 300 years!
1 p.m. - OPENING CEREMONIES
The community is invited to gather at 3rd Street Bar at 1 p.m. for the opening ceremony.
1:30 p.m. - MARCH THROUGH CASS CORRIDOR
The procession will then lead revelers through North Cass Corridor and down Cass Avenue to Cass Park. This year’s festival will be more demanding in Detroiters’ efforts to run the Nain Rouge out of the city. Additions to the festival include community-constructed, man-powered chariots and more street theatre along the Marche route.
3 p.m. - CASS PARK TO BANISH THE NAIN ROUGE AND CELEBRATE ANEW
The revelry will be strong in Cass Park as Detroiters banish the Nain Rouge and celebrate anew with local bands, food provided by Slows Bar BQ and Avalon International Breads and beverages including Detroit Dwarf beer and non-alcoholic drinks.
The Marche is free!
Tickets for food and beverages can be purchased at 3rd Street Bar and Cass Park the day of the event.
Tickets are $3 each - 1 ticket for beer, 2 tickets for sandwiches.
The Night Move is providing transportation from Cass Park back to revelers' cars near 3rd Street Bar.
Service: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost: $2 per passenger
The Marche du Nain Rouge is calling for all Detroiters to get involved! Anyone is invited to join the Marche. For those who want to get involved by building a chariot or performing at the Marche in any way (marching band, belly dancing, miming, etc.) please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
City Bird is creating a special line of Nain Rouge merchandise with a percent its sales to benefit the Marche. Products will include t-shirts, vintage style felt pennants, shot glasses, pencils and pins. Several items will feature illustrations by famed artist/cartoonist Michael Burdick. The items will be sold at City Bird and at the Cass Park portion of the festival.
Also on Friday, March 18, 6 – 9 p.m., City Bird will hold a Nain Rouge Party featuring the newly released merchandise and a Nain Rouge Shadow-Puppet Show by Mary Alice’s Menagerie
For more information about the Marche du Nain Rouge, visit www.marchedunainrouge.com.