December 3, 2011 from 5 – 9 pm
This weekend, on Saturday, December 3, the annual Algiers Bonfire will once again take place at Algiers Point on the riverfront. There will be good food, great music, and gathering of family and friends as Algiers welcomes Santa and wishes the City of New Orleans a Happy Holiday season!
We instituted the first annual Algiers Bonfire in the early 1990s. It was discontinued after Hurricane Katrina. We are grateful to the Algiers Economic Development Foundation and Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer for bringing the event back; those of us who helped to start the annual event missed having our Algiers holiday tradition!
A new twist has been added to the festivities this year – instead of lighting a house structure on fire, an art piece by Jana Napoli entitled “Floodwall,” a collection of dresser drawers that were collected from the rubble of the aftermath of Katrina, will be set ablaze.
Bonfire events will begin at 5pm with live musical performances by Wanda Rouzan and a Taste of New Orleans, the U.S. Navy Brass Band, James Andrews and Glen David Andrews, and others. A riverboat parade with Santa will precede the igniting of the bonfire at approximately 8:30 p.m. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available for sale.
Come enjoy a favorite holiday tradition and support Algiers!