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  • Bonfires light the way for "Papa Noel" Play Video

    December 24, 2013 9:50 PM

    GRAMERCY - A generations old tradition continued Tuesday in St. James Parish. The annual lighting of bonfires capped off the night for the thousands who showed up for the Christmas Eve celebration. The burning started at 7 p.m. and was followed by fireworks. Gramercy Mayor Terry Borne's family... more »
  • Plantation home replica among bonfires set tonight

    December 24, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Mark Anderson built a painstaking replica of the plantation home where he grew up just so he can burn it down. It's among 125 bonfires to be set ablaze in a Christmas Eve tradition in the river parishes between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Most of the... more »
  • 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 »
  • Levee bonfires light the way for Santa Play Video

    December 24, 2012 10:00 PM

    LUTCHER - The lighting of bonfires went off without a hitch Christmas Eve, despite threats of inclement weather. One by one, the bonfires were set fire to by torch at 7 p.m. Surrounding the bonfires, fireworks lit the night sky. The 200-year-old tradition in St. James and St.... more »
  • Annual bonfires will burn despite naughty forecast

    December 24, 2012 5:49 PM

    LUTCHER- An annual Christmas Eve tradition is a go, despite concerns of inclement weather. St. James and St. John parishes will light the bonfires on the Mississippi River levee. There was discussion about cancelling the event because of the severe weather. But, the weather situation is holding-off, and... more »
  • Weather threatens St. James bonfires

    December 24, 2012 8:05 AM

    LUTCHER - St. James Parish officials are concerned the parish's oldest tradition may face an unwanted enemy this year. Sheriff Willy Martin says a forecast of thunderstorms and southerly wind could cause the annual Christmas Eve tradition of lighting bonfires along the Mississippi River to be postponed. Martin... 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 »
  • Archivist: Louisiana has three Christmases

    December 25, 2010 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has three traditional Christmas celebrations, says State Archivist Florent Hardy. In addition to Dec. 25, the date celebrated in Louisiana since 1718, there's St. Nicholas Day on Dec. 5 and the Trappers Christmas in late February. In New Orleans, the original Christmas celebrations included attending midnight... more »
  • Levee bonfires light way for Papa Noel

    December 23, 2010 10:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Christmas Eve tradition continues this weekend in south Louisiana with the lighting of huge bonfires along the Mississippi river. It's a tradition that dates back more than 100 years. Forty-five-year-old BoBilly Bourgeois says he's been taking part since he was big enough to walk. He says... more »
  • St. James Parish Christmas Eve Bonfires

    December 17, 2010 8:03 AM

    ST. JAMES PARISH- A tradition dating back to the 1800s, the bonfires of St. James Parish prove to be the event of the year bringing crowds in the hundreds, and this year promises to be bigger and brighter than ever. Legend has it, the bonfires were made to help guide... more »

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