Marche du Nain Rouge

Spring is officially here and if you’re a Detroiter that means casting the Red Devil out of the city at Marche du Nain Rouge, this Sunday, March 26th.  

The event feels like Detroit’s take on Mardi Gras; there’s a parade, people are in costume and the bars are packed.

Photo from Tanya Moutzalias |

Photo from Tanya Moutzalias |

Marche du Nain Rouge is one of my favorite events in the city. To me, it represents everything that is Detroit: It’s weird. It’s fun. There’s a lot of dancing.

The March starts at 1 p.m. next to Traffic Jam and snug, at Second and Canfield. The parade literally follows Nain, the red devil, insulting Detroit over a loudspeaker, down Second to the Masonic Temple. The parade congregates in front of the Masonic to see a theatrical skit and costume contest. After, the Masonic is open to-all for a daytime dance party.

Like I said, it’s weird.

But it’s an absolute blast and there’s nothing else like it.


(Recycled from a vintage post of ours - read the full post here)

The Nain Rouge is also known as the red devil known as a harbinger of doom that has tormented the city of Detroit since 1701. Soon after seeing the Nain in 1701, the Nain is said to have appeared before all major defining tragedies in Detroit's rich history, including the Battle of Bloody Run in 1763, Great fire of 1805, 1967 riots, etc.

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Every year on the Sunday after the spring equinox, which happens to be tomorrow, the city gathers in an effort to banish the Nain Rogue. The Nain will make an appearance at the parade and taunt the crowd with promises of a future of demise.  The Marche was revived in 2010 and since then, Detroit only gets stronger with each year that rolls on.  Come get together tomorrow afternoon to help us banish the Nain for yet another amazing year allowing for more positive change, growth, and strength.

What to Wear


The more costume the better, it's part of the fun! You will feel specifically out of place if you don't dress up. Use face paint, glitter, horns, masks. Whatever ever makes you feel devilishly glamorous. Weather permitting I’ll be wearing a burgundy silk romper I picked up in California specifically for the occasion.

Check out this fab ensemble from Miss Cindy Elmwood!

Check out this fab ensemble from Miss Cindy Elmwood!


 bring a sign or an instrument. Parades are notorious for “What do I do with my hands?” syndrome.

Where to Party

After the parade, make your way back to the heart of Midtown following the Red Brick Road of bars: Temple Bar - 8 Degrees Plato - Old Miami- Garden Bowl - Honest John’s - Bronx - Third Street - Common pub - Northern Lights.

Old Miami is a must: their fabulous backyard is a hot spot after the march and our favorite ladies of Nothing Elegant will be DJing.

Straight from the source, check out the info below and click here for a complete list of nain happenings. 

The Marche du Nain Rouge Official After Party

DJ Skeez and Sheefy McFly in the Masonic Temple’s Main Theatre immediately after the parade. Cosplay costume contest. Neighborhood float/costume prizes awarded. Kids Zone.  All Ages – No Cover – Stroller Parking, Quiet Room, Beverages, Food, and Merchandise for purchase.

The Old Miami

Some traditions should never be broken and dancing at the Old Miami after marching down Cass is one of them. Just because the parade is over doesn’t mean the party is. Join the ladies of Nothing Elegant and friends for some devlish day debauchery and dancing shenanigans. 21+ $5

See you there, Detroit!

xo Boho Barbie