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theantiquetiger
12-24-2013, 02:55 PM
Down here in Louisiana, they build huge bonfires on the Mississippi River levee and light them Christmas Eve to light the way for Papa Noel. These things are huge and elaborate.

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casil403
12-24-2013, 03:35 PM
Now I think that is awesome! what a neat idea! Love the plantation house!

theantiquetiger
12-25-2013, 10:31 AM
Now I think that is awesome! what a neat idea! Love the plantation house!

This tradition has been around for over 100 years. I've never been down there to see them when they were lit. I hear it takes 2-3 hours to drive the 20 miles or so.

We counted them, there were 124 bonfires.

Here is the news from last night when they lit them (video in link). Notice the traffic in the background, that's why we don't go.

http://www.wbrz.com/news/bonfires-light-the-way-for-papa-noel-/

Marko
12-25-2013, 12:39 PM
Cool AT ! but dude.....one of these years, ya got to go shoot the bonfires!!!

theantiquetiger
12-25-2013, 01:30 PM
Cool AT ! but dude.....one of these years, ya got to go shoot the bonfires!!!

I will do it in a few year when my daughters get older. They light them at 8pm, so if we went, we wouldn't get home until midnight. The girls gotta go to bed early so Santa can come.

QuietOne
12-28-2013, 12:18 AM
I'd say Papa Noel has no excuse for not finding his way to the houses there. But Marko's right. You gotta go shoot them one of these days.

Hillbillygirl
12-30-2013, 06:22 AM
That is so cool At, thanks for sharing.

I did look at shots of the fires, and quite impressive. Can probably see them from the ISS so Papa Noel would have no problem seeing them.:thumbup:

aubintbay
01-01-2014, 11:36 PM
Interesting stuff AT. I could just imagine sitting there with a lawn chair (and a maybe a beer) watching all these.