Detroit holds parade to rid evil spirit

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DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit is nearly broke. Its mayor is recovering from surgery. Seems like a good time for a parade to try to chase away an evil spirit.

More than 3,000 people turned out Sunday for a third annual parade intended to rid Detroit of a spell cast by a red dwarf who was struck by a cane by a famous pioneer centuries ago, Antoine Cadillac. Or so the story goes.

The dress code was costumes. The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/GPAfoH) says a suburban woman attended the parade with her sheepdog dressed in a tutu. Shari Lombardo says anything "new and different" is good for Detroit. A man dressed as the feared red dwarf taunted spectators by declaring, "I own this town."

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/