A land of snow-capped mountains, river-carved canyons, and loose marijuana legislation, Colorado is one hell of a place indeed, and lives up to its state motto "Nothing without providence." The latest example: Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival in Nederland, Colorado.
The name isn't remotely a joke. Just 16 miles from Boulder and 45 miles from Denver, the small town of under 1,500 people throws a festival every year to honor the frozen corpse of Bredo Morstoel, whose corpse resides in a dry-ice-packed shed in the town. The festival runs for three days, attracts more than 20,000 people a year dressed in skeleton makeup and Halloween costumes, and features musical performances, a frozen salmon toss, a very literal parade of hearses, and a coffin race where teams carry their "dead" friends to a finish line in a coffin. Frankly, it all looks fucking awesome.
"It's a very kid-friendly environment," Alex Barber of Denver told The Daily Camera. "This is a community that prides itself in self expression and youthful approval to life."