1 The Marche du Nain Rouge
The founder of Detroit, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, met a fortune teller in 1701 who told him his dreams about a red devil were of the Nain Rouge, a red dwarf that embodied Cadillac’s ambition, anger, pride and envy. When he encountered the dwarf in person, Cadillac chased it away with a stick. But the imp taunts Detroiters when things go bad. The Nain Rouge is chased away annually in Detroit in hopes that the traditional ritual provides good fortune for the city and its inhabitants.