Bayou Christmas:

Christmas Eve bonfires on the Mississippi River were started in the late 19th century by German and French Immigrants in Ascension and St. James Parish. In recent years, communities on the river schedule festivals for the occasion and makeshift parades of cars ladened with friends and family wind down River Road to take in the flames. 

“The bonfire at the Point kicks off the holiday season in New Orleans.” says Fay Faron, known as the “ferry godmother” for founding Friends of the Ferry.