Dec 14, 2012 3:57 PM by AP
LUTCHER, La. (AP) - St. James Parish residents will kick off the holiday season in their unique style this weekend.
Residents have been building bonfire structures along the Mississippi River for as long as people can remember. Most of the bonfires will be lit on Christmas Eve, when thousands of visitors flock to the parish to see the fires light up the levee.
One will be lit each night this weekend at the 23rd annual Festival of the Bonfires, which kicks off at 2 p.m. Friday and includes a host of entertainment activities over the next three days.
The Advocate reports the three-day festival will be at the Lutcher Recreation Park on La. Highway 3193 near Lutcher Town Hall.