Traditional Nain Rouge march in Detroit

People march down Second Avenue at the Marche du Nain Rouge in Detroit, Sunday, March 22, 2015. People dress in many different costumes to chase the "red dwarf", aka evil, from Detroit.

DETROIT (AP) — Can the scourge of Nain Rouge be driven from Detroit?

That’s the lighthearted, whimsical mission of Le Marche du Nain Rouge. Thousands of revelers gathered Sunday in the city for the free, annual event.

The Marche features masked and costumed participants taking to Detroit’s streets to banish the folkloric “Nain Rouge,” or “red dwarf,” and save the city from its woes. The legend dates back to Detroit’s earliest days as a settlement.

Neighborhood groups were encouraged to build floats and join the procession. Winners of the best displays received cash prizes for community improvement projects of their choosing.

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