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23rd Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races (Manitou Springs, Colorado)

Emma Crawford Coffin Races 2017

23rd Annual – Emma Crawford Coffin Races 2017
October 28, 2017 – Manitou Springs, Colorado

It has been over a decade since I’ve been to the Coffin Races. It is still as fun as ever. I got to see some old friends and colleagues, got a guest spot on the bleachers for a good view, and to hang with the hearse club momentarily. Before the event, went to the Comic shop for their mimosas and pancakes event where signings were being done from a actor on the Walking Dead. Everyone’s costumes at the affair are always to the nines, with incredible creativity. It is however a very busy event with a nightmare for parking unless you come early and take the hike in. It is one of my favorite Colorado Festivals. While the City has become a little bit more constrained and stiffling of the event, it still has a great flavor of wildness, entertainment, and fun. Every October, the city of Manitou Springs Colorado comes together to celebrate a facet of macabre history of the village – the day that Emma Crawford’s coffin came racing down the mountain. To celebrate it, residents and visitors alike come dressed up in Halloween costumes and the main street is shut down for a “coffin race” for all to see.

Emma Crawford moved to Manitou Springs in the 1800’s seeking a cure for her struggle with tuberculosis. Since the Springs of Manitou were notorious for curing TB, it was a good place for her to be. In 1890 though, the illness got the best of her, and she passed away. Her wish upon her death was to be buried on top of Red Mountain, overlooking the village.

Friends, family, and villagers honored her request, hauled her body up the mountain, and buried her atop the mountain. However, as is common with this region susceptible to floods and weather … Several years of rain and harsh weather chewed away at the top soil above her grave and eventually her remains slid down the mountain into the canyon below where two young boys discovered her name plate and silver handles of her casket.

Annually Manitou celebrates the event and the woman with parades, parties, concerts, and a city event.

Emma Crawford Coffin Races 2017 (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=34079), Manitou Springs, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken October 28, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

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Steampunk Art & Performance Snippets from Dublin’s St Patricks Day Parade 2012

The Saturday March 17, 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Video clips of various Steampunk themed art and floats presented in the Parade.


Shandon Center Samhain Dragon Parade 2011

http://www.dragonofshandon.com/ * Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade in Cork, Ireland on Halloween * Monday, October 31, 2011. This year’s parade featured creations from hundreds of community group participants, Irelands largest articulated sellotape Dragon, scary characters, musicians and an illuminated river parade by Naomhóga Chorcaí and Meithal Mara up the River Lee.


03.07.09: Frozen Dead Guy Days 2009, cont.

Rescue preparing the Polar Bear Plunge hole-in-da-ice

The first brave soul ready to “Scream”

Events at Frozen Dead Guy Days 2009, cont. * Nederlands, Colorado
As the three day festival continues, on Saturday afternoon of March 7th, with the 1:00-2:00 pm Polar Plunge in the kids’ pond in Chipeta Park where dozens of brave souls stripped down to their nickers and dove into a hole cut in the ice for a sensationally frigid experience that required two paramedics in wet suits on hand for safety. The expressions of the faces were memorable. Some of the costumes were fabulous – such as the pimp, Superman, the viking duet, and the zombie. Great fun. From 2:00-3:30 – a bit different from Manitou Springs’ infamous Emma Crawford Coffin Races, Frozen Dead Guy brings their own style of races in Chipeta Park with up to 30 teams racing with coffins through a course of obstacles including mud, snow, and playground slides. From 2:00-5:00 the Frozen Dead and Living Poets Society brings together some spectacular prose. 3:30-4:30 a Mountain Grass band called “Mountain Standard Time” brings acoustics out in the tent; followed by the Frozen Doughball Toss at 4:30 where you get to throw a “blue ball” through a life size cutout of Grandpa. From 5:00-7:00 some folk/alternative tunes with a gypsy, funk sound come to you by the Elephant Revival Concept . Then Pack your Pants at 5:30 to see how much snow you can pack in a pair of pants. At 6:30 the Frozen T-shirt contest takes place, followed by the infamous 6:30-1:00 am Grandpa’s Pub Crawl hitting all of Nederland’s hot spots involving lots of live music. Sunday the 8th brings another Pancake breakfast at 8:00 am, followed by an 11:00 am Hands on costume and portraits session; also Jaden Carlson with Radioactive bringing great music in the open tent; followed by the Sundance Salmon Toss and Sunday brunch. Dog House Video shows a repeat viewing of “Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed” from 11-4. Jazz/Rock Fusion shakes it with Fat Rabbit at 1:30. Down for some Beach volleyball tournement at the Mexican Grill at 3:00, and the Blue Ball Eating Contest where you try to eat as many rocky mountain oysters as possible for great prizes. The event wraps up at 5:00 pm with the closing ceremony. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Frozen Dead Guy Days 2009, Part II

Events at Frozen Dead Guy Days 2009 * Nederlands, Colorado
The 2009 Festival began on Friday March 6th with a plethera of activities … at 3:00 pm – ONDA opened the festival with Latin/Jazz/fusion, followed by MOTORHOME from 4:30 until 7 pm bring Rock-n-Roll from Fort Collins to amp everyone up for the infamous BLUE BALL. At 7 pm, the Opening Ceremony official begins the festival, followed by the telling of ghost stories at the Blue Owl Books. Then from 8 pm until midnight, the infamous BLUE BALL takes place with the Grandpa look-alike and Ice Queen costume contests. Music brought to you by Halden Wofford and the High Beams soaring Rocky Mountain HonkeyTonk at the Black Forest Restaurant. The contest took place from 10 until 10:30, and a midnight champagne tour with the Ice Man himself. Saturday, March 7th begins at 8 am at the Teen Center for contest registration and assistance. The official Frozen Dead Guy Days Pancake breakfast event blossoms the day with pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, and juice with all you can eat. At 11:00 am – My Tea Kind performs and kicks off the festivities at the tent with a grand bit of Folk Rock. From 11 until 4 pm, costume and portrait studio capturing the event with costumes, make-up, and photos; and then Dog House Video shows the film “Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed” in the upper floor of the Carribou Shopping Center. At Noon – the very Cryogenics Parade begins on First street from the Nederland Teen Center with locals and people from all over the state celebrating in rare form … including costumes, hearses, coffins, and odd vehicles. The Parade was fabulous and blessed with a white fluffing dusting of snow to add to the Frozen Dead Guy ambience. Afterwards, a pilgrimage to the kids pond in Chipeta Park where from 1 pm – 2 pm, everyone can take the Polar Bear Plunge in a square cut in the center of the frozen over pond for an ice chilled bath.The costumes and expressions of the numerous plungers were phenomenal. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

Polar Bear Plunge at Frozen Dead Guy Festival

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