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Marche du Nain Rouge - FYI

All are invited to join in the 11th Annual Marche du Nain Rouge, a parade made up of the citizens of Detroit. Just show up! 

Noon: Gather at the corner of Canfield and Second, right next to Traffic Jam & Snug, for a celebration of Detroit with live entertainment.

1 p.m.: We parade down to the Masonic Temple. You are the parade, so come masked or fully costumed. Bring a marching band. Wear a costume. Build a human-powered float. Put on a mask, cover your body in glitter -- whatever it takes.

Should the Nain Rouge, Detroit's legendary harbinger of doom, try something dastardly, we will show him that hope prevails in the city that rises from the ashes. Bring your sense of Detroit pride and sense of humor.


COVID-19. Though the CDC recently announced it is changing how it evaluates mask guidelines, at this time, we are recommending attendees wear masks indoors. In addition to the Masonic Afterparty, we are also working with the City of Detroit to secure access to Cass Park for people to informally congregate outside, if they prefer. Read our full COVID-19 Statement and Protocols here.

NO OPEN CARRY OF ALCOHOL. Be Smart! Also, be respectful of fellow parade attendees and our neighbors, residents and businesses in the area. And be cool to everyone, especially protesters. We welcome all views on the legend of the Nain Rouge.


We love dogs, as long as they good with strangers and are leashed under the supervision of their owners. 


Awards will be presented to Detroit neighborhood groups with the best floats!

Free! There is no cost, just come out with your costume and have a good time.
When the parade is done, stick around for the after parties! Watch this page for details!

Walk on over, or take the bus, QLine, or bike! Here's some links:


Parking will be available at nearby Wayne State University lot and structures. Parking Structure 8, located at 91 West Forest - $2.00 every 20 minutes; maximum $12. Parking Structure 6, located at 61 Putnam - daily rate $9.50 with credit card on student and staff side and $2.00 every 20 minutes; maximum $12 on the visitor side. Lot 72, Located at 4510 Cass (northeast corner of Cass and Canfield) is $8.50 with credit card. Parking Structure 8 is the only location that accepts cash. 


WSU Student’s rate when using their OneCard debit account is $4.00 at PS#8 and Lots 70, 71 and 72, $5.00 at PS#6. Faculty and Staff rate when using their OneCard debit account is : $7.50 at PS#8 and Lots 70, 71 and 72, $8.75 at PS#6.


Lot 62 is no longer available due to the new Hillberry Gateway expansion within the lot.


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