December 11, 12, 13, 2020
Festival of the Bonfires
December 9, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2020 Burning of the Bonfires on Chistmas Eve
After long consideration and consultation with state and local agencies, the Unified Command Group in St. James Parish has made the difficult decision to cancel the lighting of the bonfires on Christmas Eve.
Over the last several weeks the Unified Command Group has met to determine all possible alternatives for safely continuing with this tradition, however, the latest announcement earlier today of a 16.9% positivity rate in St. James Parish has required the cancellation of this event.
Tomorrow, December 10th at 4 pm, Parish President, Pete Dufresne will host a Facebook Live discussion to address in more detail how this decision was made as well as permit refunds and deconstructing of previously built bonfires. If you have not yet built your bonfire, we ask that you do not continue with construction.
This was by no means an easy decision to make as this tradition is long standing and special to our community in particular. We understand this has been an extremely difficult year for many of us and we have hoped for a sense of normalcy in the Christmas season especially, however we must first and foremost protect the heath, safety and well-being of our residents.
October 14, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2020 Festival of the Bonfires Cancelled due to COVID-19 Restrictions
Lutcher, La – The Board of Directors of the Festival of the Bonfires along with parish officials have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 festival due to COVID-19 restrictions, but will continue the Christmas Eve tradition of lighting of the bonfires following COVID-19 guidelines.
Nearly every fair and festival in the state has been cancelled throughout this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The current restrictions in Phase 3 do not allow outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people, must wear masks and social distance of visitors 6 feet part, live music with no dancing and fixed seating, does not allow alcohol sales after 11 pm, must provide crowd manager for evet 50 attendees, and plus other restrictions or requirements. Unfortunately, we do not have the manpower to fulfill these requirements. In addition, the State of Alcohol Tobacco Control has been denying request for liquor licenses to all other festivals due to COVID-19 restrictions.
We appreciate everyone who volunteers to help make each and every Festival of the Bonfires a wonderful family tradition experience. The Board and Committee of the Festival of the Bonfires along with parish officials are wholly committed to keeping our St. James Parish tradition of Christmas Eve Lighting of the bonfires our #1 priority. We are all looking forward to seeing everyone at next year’s festival.
Jamie Vicknair, President- Festival of the Bonfires