THE FESTIVAL DU NAIN ROUGE
On the weekend of March 22, join 4,000 revelers to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the departure of the Nain Rouge, the fiendish imp intent on ruining Detroit. But don’t wait until Sunday to start the fun.
- The Marche du Nain Rouge proper begins at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of
Traffic Jam & Snug, 511 W. Canfield St., as revelers celebrate the spring equionox and lay a solid groundwork for hope for the upcoming year, just in case the Nain should try something dastardly.
- This year, due to M1 construction, The Marche will process along Second Avenue instead of Cass.
- Revelers are encouraged to come masked or fully costumed; groups are encouraged to join in the fun with DIY chariots. CASH PRIZES will be presented to Detroit neighborhood groups with the best floats! Information coming soon.
- There is no cost, just come out and have a good time.
When the parade is done, stick around for the after parties! Check out the list below.
- Parking Lot 72 – 4510 Cass Ave. – $7 per space, accepts credit card
- Structure #8 – 91 W. Forest – $7 dollars, http://marchedunainrouge.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=284&action=edit&message=1#accepts Cash, Credit Card. and WSU One Card Debit.
To prepare for the Marche, local businesses host events during the Preparer le Nain Semaine Week (Prepare for the Nain) – Monday March 16th through Sunday March 22. Preparer le Nain events may be only for a day for the entire week.
Click on the Marche activities map to the right to enlarge.
All week – March 16 thru March 22
Cass Café – 4620 Cass Ave - Located just around the corner from the Marche marshaling area, make the Café your Nain HQ with a special 10 AM opening for breakfast. Marchers either fuel up with some healthy choices or prepare for the coming of the Nain with Bloodies and Mimosas. Don’t miss our Nain-inspired food specials too!
Checker Bar – 124 Cadillac Square - The night before the March, join in the “Nain Exorcism” dance party with DJ’s D. Anger, Stephen Yates and Rex Bravo, drink special will be $2 Stroh’s beer and to feel Nainish, follow it up with $3 Fireball.
City Bird – 460 W. Canfield St. #103 – Throughout the week leading up to the event, City Bird will feature their exclusive, limited-run Nain Rouge-themed merchandise, including a new t-shirt in honor of the 2015 Marche du Nain Rouge!
City Bird and Nest – 460 W. Canfield St. – From 11am to 1pm on Marche day, both stores will host their 6th annual Fête du Nain Rouge. Both shops will offer complimentary Nain-themed refreshments, as well as free Nain Rouge beads with every purchase. In addition, City Bird will feature their exclusive Nain Rouge-themed merchandise, amazing vintage-style paper masks and costume accessories, and a free mask making table to help you put the finishing touches on your costume.
Go! Sy Thai – 4240 Cass Ave – Suite 103 - One week special – “Du Curry Rouge” – a stir-fry savory dish filled with bamboo slices, red bell peppers, mushrooms, choice of protein or mixed veggies in a savory red curry sauce. The Nain dares you to take the “top of the line” spice level.
Great Lakes Coffee – 3965 Woodward Ave. - Get 10% off bottles of French wine — bottles, glasses and bottles to go — all week, March 16-22, at the Midtown location.
Hopcat – 4265 Woodward Ave. – All week specials to enjoy are the “Sang de Nain Rouge” (Nain Blood) cocktail and Nain Nuggz “Eat Nain’s Balls” red hot pretzel nuggets. A special promotional “Brunche au Le Chat Houblon,” featuring Rouge Tacos, will be available on Marche day.
The Hub of Detroit – 3611 Cass Ave. – Come into The Hub all Preparer le Nain Semaine Week and not only do you get 10% off a standard tune up, 15% off a deluxe tune up, and 20% off accessories (with the purchase of a bike) BUT you also get a free Hub water bottle when you spend over $10 in the shop and mention The Nain!
Hugh — 4240 Cass Ave. – Shop the classic barware, accessories and home decor in the Rouge tag sale all week.
La Feria – 4130 Cass Ave. – drink specials available all week are the “Bloody Sangria” and “Sangre del Nain” (Blood of the Nain) – an elixir of tequila, tamarind, lemon and lime that is sure to drive the Nain out of Detroit one final time!
Leland City Club – 400 Bagley St. – Friday, March 20, PBMJ will find refuge in the castle club of darkness “THE CITY CLUB,” accompanied by your favorite DJ’s Alex B. Skeetin, Rex Bravo with special guest DJ CP.
Maccabees – 5057 Woodward Ave. – 20% off the day of the Marche when you mention the Nain.
Motor City Brewing Works – 470 W Canfield St. – Marche morning from 11am-12pm a breakfast pizza, ‘the Andele,’ will be served (with or without egg), accompanied by Red Hook Detroit’s coffee available on the patio. Prizes to be given out for best costume, randomly, based on staff selection.
My Dad’s Bar – 14911 Kercheval – The Eastside is prepping for the expected arrival of the Nain Rouge with a “Nain Rouge Boilermaker” special – only $5 – Monday through Saturday. Come get ready.
Peacock Room – Prepare for the Nain all week with buy one item get free gift ($15 value) while supplies last. Anything Red is 15% off too.
Red Hook – Special Marche location at Motor City Brewing, selling hot coffee and red macarons. Special Red Hot French Macarons will be available all week at their shop.
St. Cece’s – 1426 Bagley – Try a Le Petit Nain Rouge cocktail or Nain Rouge wine all week long. March 19, 20, and 21, there will be a special Nain Rouge dinner featuring red, spicy and HOT dishes.
SocraTea – 71 East Garfield – Prepare to rid the city’s arch nemesis this Sunday by ridding your body of impurities with a Pu-Erh Chai Lattè special – enjoy 25% off the special detoxing lattè all week long. Come in costume and receive a free cookie with your purchase! Special for in-house only.
Source Booksellers – 4240 Cass Ave. #105 – In honor of spring, a special red tag sale is being held all week. Hunt through the store for the red sales tags, saving between 10-25% on selected books.
Traffic Jam and Snug – 511 W. Canfield St. – On March 19th, help dance the Nain out of Detroit with some square dancing from 7 PM-10 PM. Call 831.1265 for reservations and beginners are welcome. TJs is also featuring Nain inspired food and drink specials all week – Crayfish boil – A wild mess of firery red hot crawdads just up from New Orleans, with Redskins, corn on the cob and Andouille sausage. ‘Devil in a Red Dress’ Devil’s food cake filled with chocolate ganache clothed in a red raspberry cream frosting and served with vanilla ice cream dessert along with Nain Rouge red wine and spicy Bloody Marys too.
Yoga Shelter – Midtown – 69 W. Forest Ave. – Use the password “Blame it on the Nain” and get one $5 class the week of March 16-22.
A PRÈS LA FÊTE (AFTER PARTIES)
What’s the word? After parties.
- The Nain afterparty at the Masonic, 500 Temple St.
- The Old Miami with Nothing Elegant, 3930 Cass Ave.
- Temple Bar with DJ Peter Croce & Andre Traxx, 2906 Cass Ave.
- TV Lounge, 2548 Grand River Ave.
The Marche du Nain Rouge is calling for all Detroiters to get involved! Anyone is invited to join the Marche. 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.) please e-mail email@example.com.