Part of the New Orleans holiday tradition for over a quarter of a century, the Algiers Bonfire & Concert is set to kick off the Christmas season Saturday, December 7th.
One of the oldest sections of New Orleans, Algiers was gifted to the city by the King of France in 1719 and is often considered New Orleans’ best kept secret. Algiers sits right across the Mississippi from the French Quarter on an elbow bend in the river – Algiers Point – and can be reached by the Canal St./Algiers ferry.
Now, the Christmas bonfire is part of a tradition far older than Algiers, New Orleans, or even America, herself. It’s something brought over from Europe to Louisiana by the French and has been a Cajun practice for time out of mind: bonfires on the levees are meant to guide good, old Papa Noel and his sack of goodies to the homes of deserving children – or maybe light the way to midnight Mass. It all depends on your perspective, I suppose.
The Algiers Bonfire and Concert, however, makes no bones about its purpose: it’s here to usher in the Christmas season with a big, beautiful burst of light and sound. You know: the New Orleans way of doing things.Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance, of course, along with New Orleans’ premiere food trucks. Entertainment will include a National Guard fighter jet flyover, a Coast Guard helicopter rescue simulation, a reading of the “Cajun Night Before Christmas,” and more. The concert portion of the program will be handled by Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys as well as the Soul Rebels Brass Band.
The bonfire – a huge, often beautifully or ironically decorated affair – is constructed beforehand by the New Orleans Fire Department on the levee adjacent to the ferry terminal. Once lit, it’s considerable light fills the sky and warms those in attendance – all framed by a backdrop of the Mississippi river and New Orleans’ downtown skyline. Come join us!
Algiers Bonfire & Concert
Saturday, December 7th 2013
For more details, please visit: algiersbonfire.com
Lodging for your New Orleans Holiday
There’s never really a bad time to visit New Orleans but you’ve not seen a proper Christmas until you’ve celebrated one with us. Papa Noel really kicks it when he hits town and you can bet he and the missus stay in a N’awlins bed and breakfast while they’re here – and so should you!