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Bonfires On The Levee

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Tuesday December 24, 2013

Gramercy, LA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: along the Mississippi River to welcome & light the way for Papa Noel

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1. llpj04
5:24 AM GMT on December 25, 2013
Every year over one hundred 30 foot plus tall bonfire structures are built of wood, firecrackers, and occasionally bamboo along the Mississippi River levee from Gramercy to Lutcher, Louisiana. These bonfires are laced with kerosene or lighter fluid, and ignited at 7 p.m. to welcome the arrival of Papa Noel on Christmas Eve.
The bonfires have been explained as long ago before the Levee's were built, to help friends of the family find the inlets or slips coming off the river to the homes of those they wanted to visit on Christmas Eve. It was also a good way to encourage the children to help keep the inlet clear of the continuous build-up of washed up debris and driftwood.
Today, each family or street of families comes together and starts building usually at Thanksgiving.
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