What a fun way to start the spring equinox. This is a costumed community parade called the Marche du Nain Rouge in which the creature is traditionally chased out of the city, although the revival parade stays entirely within the Midtown/Cass Corridor neighborhood in Detroit. At the conclusion of the parade, an effigy of the Nain Rouge is destroyed, thus "banishing the evil spirit from the city for another year". According to tradition, parade participants and spectators are encouraged to wear different costumes each year, so that when the Nain Rouge returns, he will not recognize the persons who ousted him from the city limits and thus will not be able to seek personal vengeance.
This annual event is an absolute delight to experience. The people watching, costumes, the sideshows, all worth your time. Seeing so many people come together smiling and enjoying themselves in Detroit is what makes this quirky event so fantastic.
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