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5 Must-Attend Cultural Events In Detroit

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Detroit is a city full of culture and music, and its many events are representative of the city's proud heritage. Events range from music to parades to autos. From French to African American to Greek, experience these five must-attend Detroit cultural events.

1. African World Festival

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History sponsors the three-day African World Festival each August. Drumming, music, folklore, food, art and visual history projects are all part of the event highlighting African life and its contributions to America. Hands-on workshops and retail booths round out the event.

2. Greek Independence Day Parade

This parade runs down Monroe Street in downtown Greektown. A proud celebration of Hellenic culture, the parade represents all that is Greek in Detroit. A spring event held in early April, it's a chance to have fun, learn about Hellenic heritaage and eat some great local Greek food.

3. Marche du Nain Rouche

Held in Cass Corridor in March, this is a newer Detroit event with French roots. The Marche du Nain Rouche is a march meant to drive out the evil-doing spirit of dwarf Nain Rouche, who's haunted the city for centuries. Anyone can enjoy the march and parties afterward to help save Detroit.

4. Concert of Colors -- Diversity Festival

Taking place in Midtown, this free event showcases the diverse music styles that make up Detroit, as well as worldwide musicians. Held in numerous venues over a few days in mid-summer, get your dancing shoes on and hear why Detroit is such a music powerhouse.

5. North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

Held every January at Cobo Center in the Motor City, this event just might be the city's biggest event all year. Billed as the most prestigious auto show in the world, come watch as new vehicles from around the world are premiered, the newest technologies highlighted and global auto news discussed. The NAIAS even uses local talent to help design a show poster through a competition among Michigan students.

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