The Marche in Model D!

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Pardon our French, but the annual Marche du Nain Rouge — a crazy-fun parade and series of related crazy-fun activities that focus on banishing the red dwarf who has haunted Detroit for more than 300 years is nearly upon us. Sunday to be exact is the day we chase that devil down.

Here is how the day will go: opening ceremonies are at 1 p.m. at the Third Street Bar, (701 W. Forest at Third); the procession will then weave through North Cass Corridor and down Cass Avenue to Cass Park. This year’s festival will include community-constructed, human-powered chariots and more street theatre along the Marche route than last year — which wasn’t bad at all as we hazily recall.

At about 3 p.m., the frothy celebration should be peaking as revelers party with a passion, helped by local bands, food provided by Slows Bar BQ and Avalon International Breads. Not to mention Detroit Dwarf beer and non-alcoholic drinks.

The Marche is free and tickets for food and beverages can be purchased at Third Street Bar and Cass Park the day of the event.
Tickets are $3 each. One ticket for beer, two tickets for sandwiches.

The Night Move is providing transportation from Cass Park back to revelers’ cars near Third Street and Forest. Service runs 3 – 8 p.m. at a cost of $2 per passenger.

City Bird is creating a special line of Nain Rouge merchandise with a percent its sales to benefit the Marche. Products will include t-shirts, vintage style felt pennants, shot glasses, pencils and pins. Several items will feature illustrations by artist/cartoonist Michael Burdick. The items will be sold at City Bird and at the Cass Park portion of the festival.

More details on more promotions here. This has the feel of something big and not to be missed. March 20, 1 – 7 p.m. in the neighborhood we now call Midtown (not sure how the 300-year-old devil feels about that).