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Giant snapping turtle among bonfires to be lit Christmas Eve

4 months 2 days 19 hours ago Saturday, December 23 2017 Dec 23, 2017 December 23, 2017 11:57 AM December 23, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
Image courtesy of WWL-TV
GARYVILLE - A snapping turtle that can stick out its neck and snap its jaws was built to burn along with scores of teepee-shaped bonfires on Christmas Eve in Louisiana.
  
Every year, miles of levees between New Orleans and Baton Rouge are lit up in a tradition said to help Pere Noel find his way to homes in Louisiana's River Parishes. Tens of thousands of tourists come to watch.
  
Joshua Weidert tells news outlets the 24-foot-long snapping turtle was built of plywood and crab traps.
  
Last year, he and a group of friends who call themselves "Blood, Sweat and Bonfires" made a crawfish that opened and closed its claws.
  
He tells WWL-TV that many people tell him it's a shame to burn the turtle. But, says Weidert, people make beautiful wedding cakes to be eaten.

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