New Orleans has Mardi Gras, Detroit has Marche du Nain Rouge.
On Sunday, March 20, Detroiters gathered in Cass Corridor to celebrate the coming of spring with the first parade since 2019.
The legend of the Nain Rouge
is said to go back to 1701, when Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Detroit. The shortened — and oft-repeated — version of the tale states that Cadillac was attacked by the feared "Red Dwarf," who then cursed Cadillac and the city.
This year's parade saw a cast of hundreds (thousands?) of Detroiters celebrating the spirit of Nain Rouge.