The legend of Detroit’s ominous red dwarf goes back over 300 years, to Cadillac’s ill-advised decision to abuse the little guy while foolishly ignore a fortune teller.
In Episode #5, Digging Detroit explores the legend of the little guy as he has morphed quite a bit from the mischievous house-elf of Normandy who might fix your broken saddle to the harbinger of bad-times. The Nain Rouge has become a bad guy with a badder disposition who taunts and is taunted by sturdy Detroiters in a quickly growing Midtown tradition that includes a parade, neighborhood floats and costumes resembling Mardi Gras and a Masonic Temple speech.
Join us as we look inside one of the art houses preparing for the March 22nd event and check in with an expert at the Detroit Historical Museum on this elusive fellow.
Host: Thomas J. Reed, Jr.
Featuring: Francis Grunow, Vince Keenan, Joel Stone and Ralph Taylor
Video/Editing: Kevin Walsh
Original Score: Tim Schoenherr
Photos of 2014 Marche du Nain Rouge: Kate Sassak Photography http://katesassak.com