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Ferry Christmas

Algiers Point Bonfire is back for second year since Katrina with 25th Anniversary Celebration

Even the most elaborate Christmas décor will barely glimmer against this weekend’s bonfire at Algiers Point. The federal flood did all it could to wash out the time-honored tradition, but it returned last year to reclaim its rightful home near the ferry.


Saturday at the point will be filled with merriment in the form of food, music, and Santa on a Segway. The pink and green pyre will go up at 5pm, lighting the Point while guests enjoy the beautiful river view.


The Algiers Economic Development foundation wasn’t able to fund the event on their own this year, and Friends of the Ferry and the Ferry Foundation stepped up to the plate to get the Point fired up for Christmas.


Friends of the Ferry Board member and self-proclaimed “entertainment chick,” Connie Burks said that this year’s event is going to be part of a “Super Saturday.”


“We have the Algiers Home Tour that day, plus Holiday on the Point, and then at 5’o’clock we start the bonfire celebration,” said Burks. “The Delta Ramblers are going to play in the afternoon,” she said.


Board members and other organizers will don “ferry wings,” and Santa hats. 


The lineup for the night includes the Marine Band at 5pm, followed by John Autin on the keys at 6pm. “He’s kind of a piano man in New Orleans,” Burks said, referring to Autin.


Local celeb Norman Robinson will emcee the event, and Margaret Orr will read A Cajun Night Before Christmas, to the younger set of guests.


No need to head to the mall this year, parents can bring their own cameras and take Santa pics for free. Due to the tropical climate, Mr. Clause will ditch his sleigh for a Segway at some point, only to return to the Point by boat.


Food will be provided by NOLA Foods, Bed and Breakfast at the Point, and Chef Richard Bond. Dishes will include everything from shrimp pasta to jerk chicken, and of course, Christmas confections.


“It’s really going to be a fun event,” said Burks. Girl Scouts aged ten to twelve will wear reindeer horns and handout candy canes to kids.


The official “Ferry Godmother” Fay Faron will make an appearance in her famous whimsical get up. “She has a whole regalia,” Burks laughed. “She has the tiara, the scepter, she really camps it up well.”


The organizer said the event is a free, family-oriented way to usher in the season.


“I think we are looking at this as a gift to the whole Algiers community,” she said. “Of course, people will have to buy food, but the entertainment is free. We want to continue this tradition for years to come.”

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