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Cajun Christmas - Bonfires on Mississippi River Levee

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Uploaded on Feb 22, 2008

Here is a small video clip of Christmas eve on the Mississippi river in south Louisiana. This is a yearly tradition, mostly in the "River Parishes" (St. James, St. John and St. Charles parishes) and on the east side of river. The tradition is, depending on who you speak to, either to light the way for Papa Noel (cajun french Santa figure). Others say it is to help guide ships on the river, during December fog in Louisiana. Others say it is to help guide the faithful Catholics to Midnight Mass on Christmas. Whatever the belief, it is still a strong tradition, that still happens to this day on christmas eve. The River parishes are located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. I have been numerous times and the bonfires can get quite large and really detailed and ALOT of work goes into them. I also would HIGHLY recommend attempting to go once in a lifetime, if possible. Thanks

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