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Monday, March 23, 2015

Ned's FDGD – One of Nation's Top Cultural Festivals.

Location: Nederland, CO 80466, USA
The Cereal Killers compete in the Coffin Race.
According to a USA Today poll, Nederland's Frozen Dead Guy Days is the nation's 5th best cultural festival, leading several familiar names, such as the Kentucky Derby, Mardi Gras, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Our end of winter festival was nominated by USA Today for their "10 Best Readers Choice" for "Best Cultural Festival in The World".
[World-wide is probably a stretch, but you can see the results on this link.]
It seems that the 'younger' festivals had more eager followers, and edged out Mardi Gras, and the Kentucky Derby from even making the top 10. These younger festivals fill niches or take different approaches, which make them special.
Related Story: [Frozen Dead Guy Days goes International]
Of course, our festival has seen film crews and reporters from three continents, but being compared to Mardi Gras, or the Kentucky Derby, somehow legitimizes something.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Frozen Dead Guy Days goes International

Location: Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Mayor Gierlach, Mayuko Kawakita, and Tetsurō Degawa
Today (Friday the 13th) begins Frozen Dead Guy Days. I will host the Opening Ceremony (click here for details).

Nippon Television (NTV) is the second largest television network in Japan. They broadcast a popular series about world-wide events called The Quest, or in Japanese, "Sekai No Hah Teh Mah Deh Itte Q," which translates to "Quest to the End of the Earth." Tomoko Ishibashi from Far Eastern Entertainment America (FEEA) coordinates the logistics for the show in the U.S..

Last year, from her office in Los Angeles, Tomoko emailed me saying that they wanted to bring a five-person television crew, a director, and a couple of actors to Nederland, for Frozen Dead Guy Days (FDGD). She asked if I would be willing to show them around town and explain how the FDGD events worked. I agreed, and met them at Town Hall one day before the big event. It wasn't the most unusual request, because in 2013, a film crew from Russia came to participate in the Frozen Dead Guy Days events.

So here is a two minute film clip from the half hour show:

Frozen Dead Guy Days – Freeze the Day!

Location: Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Grandpa and the Ice Queen at the Blue Ball 2013
Frozen Dead Guy Days will be held March 13, 14, & 15, 2015. This year you can follow @frzndeadguydays on Twitter, and use #FDGD to post your pictures throughout the weekend.

Last year, was one of the best festivals we've had.

To kick-off the festivities, (6:00pm Friday, March 13) I will be the Master of Ceremonies at the Roundabout in town for the lighting of the official centerpiece. Then, we will have a Steampunk Prosession down the street and across the bridge to the Very Superstitious Blue Ball in the ReAnimate Yourself Tent in Chipeta Park. This is an event that will surely stop traffic, (mostly because we've instructed the police to do so)