Breckenridge, Colorado’s Annual Ullr Parade: Floats in Photos

Preparation for Breckenridge, Colorado's Ullr Parade involves tiki torches and viking hats. What parade would be complete without a pink feather boa dangling from an upper-level window?

Preparation for Breckenridge, Colorado’s Ullr Parade involves tiki torches and viking hats. What parade would be complete without a pink feather boa dangling from an upper-level window?

As a Louisiana native, I have memories of Mardi Gras and parades that date from early childhood. And I’ve seen Mardi Gras pictures of our entire family dressed as clowns, costumes hand-made by Mom, that date back before my memory developed.

Now that I live in Colorado, I’m a little suspicious when folks get excited about parades. A line of pick-up trucks is not a parade (unless you’re in grammar school). It’s kind of laughable, like when the air here holds 10% humidity and folks say, “What a humid day.”

But on January 14, 2010, Eric braved the crowds in downtown Breckenridge, Colorado and got a few pictures. Suspicious as I was, the floats looked pretty cool. Maybe next year you’ll find me running around in my underwear and a viking hat, saluting my PBR to the snow gods. More likely? I’ll be the one snapping the photos of such salutations.

Turn a crank, the dogs hump, thanks to Good Times, the local outfitter that offers snowmobile and dogsled tours. Hurray snow and Ullr.

Turn a crank, the dogs hump, thanks to Good Times, the local outfitter that offers snowmobile and dogsled tours. Hurray snow and Ullr.

PBR might as well be the official beverage of the Ullr Parade in Breckenridge, Colorado.

PBR might as well be the official beverage of the Ullr Parade in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Snowcats cruising down Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. That certainly makes us seem like country folk. So come on, Ullr. Where's the snow?

Snowcats cruising down Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. That certainly makes us seem like country folk. So come on, Ullr. Where’s the snow?

The classic Ullr viking and dragon float in Breckenridge, Colorado, thanks to the long-time local ski shop Lone Star Sports.

The classic Ullr viking and dragon float in Breckenridge, Colorado, thanks to the long-time local ski shop Lone Star Sports.


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