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  • Bonfires on the levee preparation Play Video

    December 23, 2013 5:00 PM

    ST. JAMES PARISH - It's a Christmas Eve tradition that always lights up the night along the levee in the River Parishes of St. James and St. John the Baptist. The levee is lined mile-after-mile with the decorative sculptures made from wood. "It's definitely worth the time," said Josh... more »
  • Tragedy sparks holiday tradition for family Play Video

    December 30, 2012 7:43 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH- The Duplessis and Laiches are putting the finishing touches on a 28-foot wooden spaceship that will go up in flames in a bonfire tomorrow night. The close knit family started building elaborate New Year's Eve bonfires as a memorial after their loved one, 18- year- old Luke... more »
  • Levee bonfire tradition lives on Play Video

    December 13, 2012 5:11 PM

    LUTCHER - It's been a Christmas Eve tradition for more than 200 years. Almost 60 hallow tree-like structures line the levee in St. James and St. John Parishes. The tradition is passed down from generation to generation. For the past few weeks, the levee has been busy with people... more »
  • Bonfires set up on levee despite possible rain Play Video

    December 23, 2011 6:40 PM

    GRAMERCY - Fire department members ensure that Santa's path to the river parishes is well lit on Christmas eve by upholding their unique tradition. The Festival of Bonfire Lights invites locals to build fires along the Mississippi River levee. Janice Kennedy promised herself that if she beat cancer,... more »
  • Weather prediction looking up for bonfire builders

    December 23, 2011 1:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The weather's looking up for people who build Christmas Eve bonfires on the Mississippi River levees between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. National Weather Service Meteorologist Tim Erickson says showers are likely to be light and late, with winds less than 10 miles an hour. High winds... more »
  • Army Corps decides bonfires can go up Friday

    December 3, 2009 1:47 PM

    The Army Corps of Engineers has decided that the Mississippi River levels have dropped low enough that people can start building bonfires starting Friday in St. James Parish. Bonfire building was put on hold because the river levels were higher than usual, and officials were concerned that heavy traffic... more »
  • No decision made on bonfires

    December 2, 2009 10:26 AM

    Bonfire builders in St. James Parish will have to wait a few more days before finding out if they can begin construction. High water in the Mississippi River has some worried that increased traffic on the levee could weaken it. The exeuctive director of the Pontchartrain Levee District... more »

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