There are a variety of unique festivals and celebrations held around the world. One of the more unique events is the Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival. This event is held on the first full weekend in March in Nederland, Colorado. It is one of the biggest celebrations in the town. Here is a guide to the Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival.
The first Frozen Dead Guy Days was held in 2002. The origins date back to 1989. A Norwegian named Trygve had brought over the corpse of his grandfather. He stored the body in dry ice and had it cryogenically frozen upon his arrival. However, Trygve’s visa expired in 1993. As a result, his mother kept the body preserved in ice in a shed behind her house. When his mother was about to be evicted, she revealed the existence of the body to the media. It became a huge story, and eventually the town passed laws regarding the storing of bodies. However, Trygve’s grandfather was allowed to be preserved. As a result, the town celebrates the story every year in March.
The theme of the Frozen Dead Guy Days is ice. Of course, another theme is recalling the origins of the festival. Among the many events held are coffin races, snowshoe races, polar bear plunges, and ice sculpting contests. There is also a parade held in slow motion, look-alike contests, and Grandpa’s Blue Ball. Tours of the shed where Grandpa is kept and showings of a documentary are also held at the Frozen Dead Guy Days. After the family filed a grievance regarding the festival, tours were suspended in 2005. However, they resumed in 2010.
Despite the macabre nature of celebrating a frozen dead guy, the Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival is generally positive in nature. During the parade, it’s not uncommon to see people dressed as zombies. However, they aren’t the grotesque zombies you see in many movies. You also see many more costumes in the parade. It’s similar to Halloween. The look-alike contest is also held in good spirits. The festival is as much about celebrating the bitter cold season as it is the frozen body. The polar bear plunge is truly unique. As opposed to ones in the ocean, participants here often have to break through ice to jump in to the cold water.
The Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival is a great way for Nederland to celebrate. It showcases the art and food of the town while offering a truly unique celebration. That is one of the reasons that so many tourists flock to the small Colorado town. They will see something they won’t see anywhere else in the world.
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