Guide to Marche du Nain Rouge IX


Guide to Marche du Nain Rouge IX

Show your Detroit pride and join the Marche du Nain Rouge Sunday, March 25th

Each year, fierce and proud Detroiters from across the city, county and event globe come together to chase away the city’s harbinger of doom and red faced imp, the Nain Rouge. The public parade is open to all. Grab a costume — dress as weird and wonderful as you like — and join the marching bands, art cars, and merry makers who will assemble at Second and Canfield at noon. The parade begins at 1pm and heads down Second Street to the Masonic Temple.

At the Masonic Temple the masses will confront the Nain and celebrate with DJs, dancing, food, drinks, and more inside the Masonic Temple.


What to Wear

Stop by City Bird to pick up exclusive, limited-edition Nain Rouge-themed merchandise, including the 2018 Marche du Nain Rouge t-shirt, designed by Detroit artist Lucy Cahill. You can also find vintage-style paper masks and costume accessories.


Where to Eat

Midtown is geared up for festivities with Fête du Nain deals and specials all week!

  • Fourteen East //15 E Kirby St // Warm up for your battle with the Nain with Hellfire Mocha or Snow Angel Hot Chocolate (a portion of proceeds to support the Marche!).
  • Avalon // 422 W. Willis St //  Featured Nain Rouge specials 25% off:  Velour Rouge (red velvet) Whoopie Pies, Cherries Jubilee Brioche, Vegan Cherry Bar, Red Detroit Lover t-shirts; and Mama Mia Focaccia.
  • Honest John’s // 488 Selden St //  Power up at Tito’s Bloody Mary Bar with some of the hottest sauces.
  • HopCat // 4265 Woodward Ave //  Don’t miss the HopCat wings that are even too hot for the Nain as well as a few “devil”ish special beers to scare him away.  Get a Nain Rouge picture to color for display in their windows to help scare him away.
  • Jolly Pumpkin // 441 W. Canfield Ave //  Try a special Fete du Nain  menu with special fiery wings, pizza, and sliders.
  • La Feria // 4130 Cass Ave //  The Sangre del Nain (Blood of the Nain) specialty cocktail will be making its return
  • Motor City Brewing Works // 470 W. Canfield Ave // Get your nourishment for the battle with then Nain with food and drink specials
  • Selden Standard // 3921 Second Ave // Don’t miss some devilish food and cocktail specials available in addition to the Sunday brunch menu
  • Slows-to-Go // 4107 Cass Ave //  Fresh off their outdoor grill, don’t miss, Slow’s house-made spicy Devil Dog on a steamed bun
  • Traffic Jam and Snug // 511 W. Canfield St //  Crawfish boil straight from Louisiana with “Demon Head” souvenir “King Kake” available Mon. March 19 thru Sat. March 24th with drink specials including “Tasmanian Red” beer all week.
  • Treat Dreams // 4160 Cass Ave // Get your warmth up for battle with the Nain with a special spicy hot chocolate 
  • Union Street // 4145 Woodward Ave //  Prepare for battle with something HOT – stuffed peppers, gumbo, jalapeno cornbread, red devil torte and more.  Parade Day, don’t miss $1 High Life ponies, Bloody Mary bar


Where to Park

Midtown has a lot of street parking option, download the Park Detroit app to make easy payment and extend your time. There are also street side kiosks.  If you prefer to park in a structure try the  Woodward Gardens Parking Deck (25 W Alexandrine St) or the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (305 Parsons St).

Avoid the traffic and parking take the bus! Check out SMART FAST buses can do the work while you listen to a podcast, read a book or simply spare your car the potholes.


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