The fabric of what makes Detroit an exciting place to own a business and live are the grassroots efforts that bring people and communities together. These efforts are small in size, to start, but immeasurably large in their impact on where we live, work and play. One of the best examples of this occurred earlier this year with the Marche du Nain Rouge, a street parade and street theatre festival (akin to Mardi Gras) that began at Third Street at Prentis Street, marched to Cass Avenue and down to Cass Park.
The Marche du Nain Rouge is rooted in the folklore of Detroit’s more than 300‐year history. It is said that when Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Detroit, he was taunted by the Nain Rouge, an evil red dwarf , who has been plaguing the city ever since. The purpose of the festival is to figuratively Marche the Nain Rouge out of the city and start anew.
The 2010 Marche du Nain Rouge was quick to get planned and quick to gain attention. It attracted about 300 marchers and was recognized as the “Best New Detroit Tradition” by the Metro Times.
The Marche has more than double in attendance every year, with approximately 3,000 people coming together in 2012 to run the Nain Rouge out of our city. The passion for this annual practice keeps growing – more than doubling our attendance from last year. Your support is vital to keeping this tradition alive in 2013.
This year, we are partnering with Tour de Troit to add the Run Du Nain Rouge. Our goal is to continue to expand the reach of our interactive community Marche by welcoming hundreds of runners into our festivities. New this year, Marche sponsors will be recognized on Run participant tee-shirts.
Because of your commitment to the city and our neighborhood, we are asking you to offer a donation for the 2013 Marche du Nain Rouge. With your contribution, we can help this event grow from its fun and humble beginnings, to one of Detroit’s best traditions that celebrates our city’s history and future.
How to Become a Sponsor:
Thank you for being a sponsor! All proceeds from your donation benefit the spirit, growth and longevity of the Marche du Nain Rouge and are tax deductable.
As a sponsor, your company will be listed on the Marche du Nain Rouge Web site, Facebook page, and all press and collateral materials.
Please fill out the information below and submit, then proceed to the payment options down below.
How to Donate:
Donations for sponsorship are appreciated in the following amounts: $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 as well as any other amount.
Once you have determined how much you would like to donate, please use the link below to pay via PayPal or send a check (please make checks payable to “Marche du Nain Rouge”)to the following address:
Marche du Nain Rouge
659 West Canfield #5
By PayPal (or Credit Card):
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