EVERY MARCH AROUND THE VERNAL EQUINOX, PEOPLE OF DETROIT GATHER FOR A PARADE, “NAIN ROUGE” THROUGH MIDTOWN WEARING GRAND COSTUMES OR MAKING FABULOUS FLOATS, MARCHING IN THE STREETS TO TRICK THE NAIN WITH THIS 300 YEAR OLD NEMESIS (THE DEMON ‘NAIN ROUGE’).
The idea of wearing costumes in the parade is to conceal their identity from the Nain, who is known to gain revenge, for Detroit rising again. Legend has it that in 1701, the city’s founder, Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac dreamed of the Nain (a red fiery-eyed devil). She panicked and sought out a fortune teller, who told him that the dream was a warning and the creature could bring harm and destruction to the new city. SOOOO, Detroiters who love their city set the Nain in line every year, and also brings support from local businesses as well.
HERE’S WHAT IS GOIN’ ON IN MIDTOWN TO TRICK THE DEMON:
8 Degrees Plato Detroit with Cellarmen’s and El Guapo
Stop on by from 11am-8pm for beer, cider, and mead from Cellarmen’s to rid the evil spirit from Cass Corridor! Lots to choose from so come ready to party.
Honest John’s 488 Selden St.
Tito’s Bloody Mary Bar until March 24th (and that Sunday the 25th of course) and don’t forget to get your brunch on Parade Day and eat all of the Monte Criscos you can find.
HopCat Detroit 4265 Woodward Ave
This brewhouse is having a few “devil”ish beers on tap from Friday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 25th. Where you can get a free Nain Rouge picture to color for display in their windows to help scare the demons away. We hope you have superb coloring skills.
Jolly Pumpkin Detroit 441 W. Canfield St
A festive “Fete du Nain” menu runs until Sunday, March 25th featuring fiery wings, pizza and sliders. Best part is that they will be serving them on their patio to help fuel participants with ease.
Majestic Theater/Garden Bowl 4120 Woodward Avenue
Bowling beats beasts. Get 50% off bowling after the parade on Sunday, March 25th and some beer while knocking down some pins to top off a great Parade Day.
Motor City Brewing Works 470 W. Canfield Ave
This brewhaus/pizza shop is opening early on Marche Day (Sunday, March 25th) with food and drink specials. Stop by during the parade festivities to refuel and defeat the Nain!
Selden Standard 3921 Selden St.
Devilish food and cocktail specials in addition to their delicious Sunday brunch will be served. They are right on the way to the Masonic Template so there’s no excuse to stop by on the parade route!
Slows-To-Go 4107 Cass Ave
Only available on Sunday, March 25th from their outdoor grill, their house made specially “Devil Dog” on a steamed bun will help sustain energy for battling the Nain.
Traffic Jam & Snug 511 W. Canfield St.
A crawfish boil straight from Louisiana with “demon Head” souvenir will be served until the 24th with drink specials like “Tasmanian Red” beer all week. Get ‘em while they’re hot!
Treat Dreams Detroit 4160 Cass Ave
This dreamy dessert joint is having a special spicy hot chocolate on Sunday March 25th to help warm you up to fight your best battle for the best parade ever.
Union Street 4145 Woodward Ave
Nain-inspired menu items will be served until March 25th, including lots of spicy deliciousness like items such as stuff bell peppers, gumbo, jalapeno cornbread, red devil tore and more! On Parade Day, they are serving $1 High Life ponies and a Bloody Mary bar which is clutch.
Will Leather Goods Detroit 4120 Second Ave
This good store is offering 15% off retail to any parade goers and free coffee. Now that’s how you parade!
Old Miami 3930 Cass Ave
This is where you'll find us partying. We'll be sippin' cheap champagne in the backyard and listening to the beats of Nothing Elegant!!
Wishing you the best with your fight against the Nain. Don’t forget to ball out on awesome attire. Keep it safe and fun, kids, so the demon has no chance in taking back the D.
Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit