- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Residents in St. John the Baptist and St. James parishes have gotten the go-ahead to have their annual Christmas Eve bonfires.

WDSU-TV reports (https://bit.ly/22qThiR ) parish leaders met with the National Weather Service to discuss the bonfires because of recent weather conditions. The approval was given Thursday afternoon.

Bonfires in the parishes will begin at 7 p.m. Organizers say there are 113 structures in St. James Parish and 29 in St John the Baptist Parish.

The bonfires are an annual tradition in the River Parishes. The structures are lit as a way to guide Santa Claus to the area.

Some of the bonfire structures will take the traditional teepee shape, while others will be more intricate, including one in the shape of a fish jumping out of the water.

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Information from: WDSU-TV, https://www.wdsu.com


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