Mar 9, 2009

Even the Hippies in Boulder Think This is Weird


Yes, you read correctly. Nederland, Colorado, host of the annual Frozen Dead Guy Days just finished its seventh year of celebrating, well, a frozen dead guy

The year is 1989. The place is Nederland, Colorado. Trygve Bauge decides it is a good idea to bring the corpse of his recently deceased grandfather, Bredo Morstøl, to America. He puts it in dry ice to preserve it. Bredo was transferred to a cryogenic facility, where he resided until 1993. However, when Trygve was deported from the United States for overstaying his visa, his mother, Aud, continued keeping her father's body frozen in dry ice in a shack behind her unfinished house. Eventually, Aud was evicted from her home because it had no electricity or plumbing, which was in violation of city ordinance. She was afraid, of course, that upon eviction, she would no longer be able to keep her father's body frozen. Word spread, and created a 'sensation'. The city passed an ordinance on the keeping of dead bodies, though because of public outcry, they made a special provision allowing Bredo to continue to be held in dry ice. In 2002, some brillian tpeople decided to turn the weird story into a celebration, and it has grown in popularity since.

The actual celebration includes a parade, a costume ball (with prizes awarded to the best frozen dead guy and frozen dead girl costumes), a coffin-carrying race (six pallbearers per team), a freezing water plunge, and a dead fish throwing contest (see the entire schedule here). The party has become a cult, bringing people from far and wide, and inciting new and exciting activities (some events that are held, like the fish throwing, are not official).

It's held every second full weekend in March, so just ended this past Sunday. I may try to check it out next year. You should, too.

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