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.READ MORE: Colorado Weather: The Mountains Will Measure Snow In Feet, Denver Will Be Lucky To Get An Inch
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.READ MORE: Staffing Issues, Mistake Lead To Cancellation Of 2 Vaccine Clinics Set Up For Coloradans To Get Boosters
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.MORE NEWS: Driver, 2 Passengers Hurt After Car Crashes Into Home In Aurora; No One In Home Injured
People from all over the world descend on Nederland to celebrate Frozen Dead Guy Days every winter.