Peter Van Dyke, organizer of the fourth annual event at 1 p.m. Sunday, said 4,000 people, many in colorful costumes and playing musical instruments, turned up to heckle Nain Rouge, the legendary red dwarf considered the manifestation of doom for Detroit and its residents, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday.
Van Dyke said 3,000 people attended last year's Marche du Nain Rouge, a custom from the 18th century that was revived in 2010.
He said the event is aimed at raising the spirits of Detroit residents, who are encouraged to "have fun with it," The Detroit News reported.
"It's open for everybody's interpretation," he said. "The main point is to celebrate the good things in Detroit, banish the bad and start anew. It's all positive."