The Annual Algiers Bonfire and Concert took place over the weekend, and lit a fire to the holiday season. The annual holiday bonfire is held on the riverfront on the New Orleans west bank. The bonfire overlooks the Mississippi river and onlookers can catch a glimpse of the riverboat Natchez. A large crowd gathered to watch the blaze and the free concert.
“It’s a site to see the bonfire all lit up with the St. Louis Cathedral and the river in the background,” says Algiers resident Denis Moore.
The bonfire usually built by the New Orleans Fire Department was built this year by a graphic designer, Brennan Steele. The large replica of a Christmas tree was 34-feet tall and patterned with ornament shaped perforations in the plywood. The tree was topped with a revolving plywood star on top.
Algiers resident, Alicia Cooper spoke amazed by the designed structure.
The patrons treated to a free concert by Michael “The Soulman” Baptiste, King James & the Special Men and the Edna Karr High School Band. After the performances the bonfire was lit. The fire sparked from inside and quickly spread to the top of the star. It took 12 minutes for the sculpture to complete burn.
“It’s fun to come out to see the bonfire and bring the kids to hear the bands,” New Orleans resident, Tamika Henderson.
The bonfire was supervised by the New Orleans Fire Department. Patrons able to enjoy food from various food trucks on site. The annual event is held by the Algiers Economic Development Foundation.