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Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade

October 29 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade

Event Details:

Location: 800 Manitou Avenue (downtown Manitou Springs)
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pmDate: October 29, 2016
Cost: FREE

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Join us in downtown Manitou Springs as 70 teams race coffins down Manitou Avenue for the ultimate victory! Each team consists of 1 Emma and 4 runners dressed up in costume to win the judges votes. The fastest times earn trophies as well as a chance to win Best Emma, Best Entourage, and Best Coffin. The Parade starts at 12:00pm with the races to follow immediately after.

Who is Emma Crawford? Emma Crawford was a young woman who came to Manitou Springs in the late 1800’s for the “cure” of Manitou’s healing mineral springs as she was sick with tuberculosis. Emma passed away in 1890, before passing Emma made her fiance promise to bury her on top of Red Mountain, Emma’s wish was honored and where she rested peacefully until 1912 when her coffin had to be moved due to the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company decided to build and incline to the mountain top. Emma was moved and reburied on the south slope of the mountain. After several years of rain and harsh weather conditions, Emma’s remains slid down the mountain into the canyon below where two young boys found her name plate, and the silver handles from her casket.

Manitou Springs, in honor of Emma Crawford celebrates the fun and crazy event of the Emma Crawford Coffin Races Annually as a part of our history to be shared with all.


October 29
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development


Downtown Manitou Springs
800 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829 United States
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