(Crystal A. Proxmire, March 10, 2015)
Detroit’s Nain Rouge takes place March 22, and the producers of Digging Detroit have dedicated their fifth episode to sharing this unique event with their online viewers.
Created by a group of Metro Detroit area friends who share a passion for history and story-telling, Digging Detroit is their contribution to promoting the culture to be found in the Motor City. The Marche du Nain Rouge honors the mythology of a trouble-making creature who is known in both France, and to early settlers of Detroit.
Digging Detroit explains:
“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 ignoring 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.”
The online show was created by Thomas J. Reed, Jr, Pete Kalinski and Kevin Walsh. Reed is a grant writer with a background in public relations, journalism and information technology. He’s also a trustee on the Clawson School Board. Kalinski is an Archivist and History Instructor at a local community college. Walsh is a media educator, photographer and freelance video producer whose work can be found at http://mmdphotovideo.com.
Episode 5 Featured: 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.
Learn more about Digging Detroit, and sign up for their email list, at http://diggingdetroit.com/about-us/.