Only in Louisiana: Massive alligator takes shape ahead of Christmas Eve Bonfires on the levee

A massive alligator bonfire taking shape along the Mississippi River levee in Garyville is gaining a lot of attention ahead of the annual Christmas Eve Bonfires. The lighting of the bonfires on the levee in St. James and St. John the Baptist Parishes has been a long-standing Christmas Eve tradition.

Posted by Blood, Sweat, and Bonfires on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

While many residents build a more traditional bonfire structure, each year Joshua Weidert of Garyville and his Blood, Sweat and Bonfires crew create elaborate, next-level bonfire designs.

The group released finished images of the completed structure via Facebook, which has since gone viral.

Posted by Blood, Sweat, and Bonfires on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Some might remember the group’s huge brown pelican in 2018 and the giant snapper turtle from 2017. Now, Blood, Sweat and Bonfires is back with a beastly alligator that even puts the monstrous crocodile from the horror film “Lake Placid” to shame.

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Posted by Blood, Sweat, and Bonfires on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The group revealed on Facebook that they started planning for this year’s design since July.

Similar to previous years, this alligator structure features moving parts. However, for the first time, this structure will be operated from the inside, the group said. An operating chamber Weidert and his friends are calling “the croc pit” will house manual controls used to make the alligator’s head turn from side to side while snapping his jaws.

Posted by Blood, Sweat, and Bonfires on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Blood, Sweat and Tears will, of course, have to say goodbye to their massive masterpiece when their alligator and other bonfire structures on the levee will be set ablaze on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m., weather permitting.

Posted by Blood, Sweat, and Bonfires on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

You can find the alligator bonfire from Blood, Sweat and Tears on the corner of Louisiana Highway 44 and South Church Street in Garyville.

For more information on the Bonfires on the Levee event, visit the website.


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