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Cajun Santa display returns to Morgan City with improvements

Sculpture unveiling Nov. 28
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Posted at 12:38 PM, Nov 27, 2019

Cajun Santa and his three snow-white 'reingators' will return to Morgan City for display atop the city's "Spirit of Morgan City" shrimp boat.

The display went viral last year after making its debut for the city's annual holiday lighting ceremony.

The sculptures, created and donated by Morgan City native and emmy-winning artist Lee Romaire, feature three life-sized reingators, including "Rouxdolf," 10 elves, and Cajun Santa in his shrimp boots and red coat trimmed with faux muskrat fur.

The characters, according to the studio, were created using high-tech digital sculpting tools and computer-aided techniques along with traditional sculpting methods.

This year, Romaire says that Santa will be hauling all new waterproof presents into town on his shrimp trawler sleigh. The fiberglass gifts are decorated with fish in Christmas wreaths, holiday-themed shrimp and crabs, and Mardi Gras snowmen.

"We cannot thank Lee Romaire and Romaire Studios enough for this tremendous contribution to Morgan City," says Mayor Frank "Boo" Grizzaffi in a press release. "It truly reflects Christmas in our city and has brought many people and tourists to our beautiful river-front area. Our residents love it and the tourists do,too!"

The sculptures will be unveiled on Thanksgiving Day at 6:00 pm at the 'Spirit of Morgan City' shrimp boat location on Brashear and Federal Avenues. The display will remain up until early January.

Photos of the behind the scenes creation of the Cajun Santa display can be found on the Romaire Studios Facebook page.