Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Get ready for La Marche du Nain Rouge, 2013

This Sunday is the annual Marche du Nain Rouge in Detroit. I went EJ and I went with some good friends last year and it was totally awesome. Here is my summary of last year's event, originally published on 28 March, 2012.

According to legend, ever since Antoine Cadillac arrived in Le Detroit, the area has been haunted by Le Nain Rouge, the Red Dwarf. Le Nain Rouge has appeared time to time in the city's history and always proceeds a terrible event. For the past three years there has been a parade in late March in an attempt to banish the dwarf from the city. EJ and I were at the scene of the parade last Sunday to cover the event for Damn Arbor. Here are our pictures:

To banish the Nain Rouge from the city, you need to scare him. A scare mask like Jon has is essential.

Alternately, you can come dressed as a giant unicorn with bloody paws.

Big Boy, not quite as scary as the unicorn.

Father Gabriel Richard wrote Detroit's motto (Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus; In English: "We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes".) after the city burnt down in 1805. Note: le Nain Rouge was sighted prior to the Great Detroit Fire.

The EastSide Riders made an appearance at the march. You can see one of the bikes was tricked out with at car stereo. Pretty sweet.

This liquor store really slowed down the some of the marchers, especially those of us who had forgotten to bring our own beverages.

My friends scolded me for taking pictures of this kid. But seriously, I think he had the scariest costume at the march.

All in all it was a really great time. The march ended at the Masonic Temple where there was a dance party including special red dwarf beer and Slow's BBQ. If you get a chance, you should totally check out La Marche du Nain Rouge next year.

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