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Coffin Races at Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland (credit: CBS)

Coffin Races at Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland (credit: CBS)

NEDERLAND, Colo. (CBS4)- The infamous “Frozen Dead Guy Days” kicked off in Nederland today for a weekend of festivities. The annual event is three days of wild and wacky celebrations.

The Parade of Hearses and Coffin Races are the most popular attractions. There’s also a “Brain Freezer” beer tent and several live bands.

Festival goers can also embark on a “Tour to the Tuff Shed” where Grandpa Bredo resides.

Frozen Dead Guy Days got its roots in Nederland 11 years ago. It stems from the legend of Grandpa Bredo, who died in Norway in 1989. He was packed in dry ice and shipped to the Trans Time cryonics facility in Oakland, Cali. where he was placed in liquid nitrogen for almost four years.

In 1993, he was moved to Colorado to stay with his daughter and grandson. He stayed frozen in a shed near his grandson’s home for years. Little knwon to the family, it was illegal to store a frozen human in Nederland. But after some negotiations with the city council, Grandpa Bredo was allowed to stay.

Now, every month a man known as “Ice Man” and a team of volunteers deliver 1,600 pounds of dry ice to Grandpa Bredo, who has remained frozen for 22 years.

People from all over the world descend on Nederland to celebrate Frozen Dead Guy Days every winter.

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