Join in the Marche

The Marche du Nain Rouge is calling for all Detroiters to get involved!

For those who want to get involved by building a chariot (non-motorized float) or performing at the Marche in any way (marching band, belly dancing, miming, etc.), e-mail

Need some inspiration?  Check out float photos to the left and visit the gallery to see floats that have successfully driven away the Nain in years past.

This year, the Marche is expanding its neighborhood outreach and competition to encourage more participation from across Detroit. We are building on our successful partnership with the Mayor’s office Department of Neighborhoods, and with matching financial support from Midtown Detroit, Inc.

Through our crowd-funding effort, the Marche du Nain Rouge Neighborhood Grant Fund, we are providing seven grants of $1,000 in each of Detroit’s seven City Council Districts, from Old Redford to Osborn, from Springwells Village to Conant Gardens. Caribbean Mardi Gras has agreed to provide costume and float construction training to help put together “District Floats” to highlight a neighborhood in each district for this year’s Marche du Nain Rouge on Sunday, March 20th.

Show your city pride at the Marche du Nain Rouge! Win the coveted Best in Parade award for your neighborhood.

Neighborhood groups with the best displays — which may include non-motorized floats, costumes, music and marchers — will win honors, accolades and maybe a cash prize to use for community improvements.

  • Our judges will be watching from the Judges Lounge along the parade route to award honors and cash prizes for their favorites.
  • Please register your neighborhood using the form below by midnight on Friday March 18th. To check-in on parade day, find our Registration table in the Traffic Jam parking lot at the intersection of Second and Canfield.
  • The other rules:
    • No motors. Only people-powered floats.
    • Any Detroit-based organization, business, neighbors, church, school, or group of individuals representing any Detroit neighborhood can enter. Multiple entries from the same neighborhood are permitted.
    • Be present to claim your prize.
    • Willing to be judged.

Make sure that your neighborhood group assigns a marshal as a point of contact for the parade. Your captain will need to be at the parade start, and will need to be someone we can count on to communicate with on parade day. Your marshal can fill in his/her personal information below if you don’t have an organizational contact.

Questions? email