|Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA, December 23, 2011|
|Trumpeter Leon Brown and son play a duet at the Hotel Sonesta, December 23, 2011|
A web search led me to a Grayhound Bus tour from New Orleans to Gramercy, LA. Five buses filled with 50 passengers each headed out at 5:00 PM for the hour trip up the Mississippi shore. We arrived well before the first tower was ignited. Gramercy must be more or less central to this celebration, because from the spot the bus let its passengers out, the towering wooden pyramids, around 15 or more feet tall, extended in both directs up and down the levee as far as I could see. Apparently on signal, at around 7:00PM, the towers ignited. There were firecrackers in the tower closest to us, and they discharged in rapid succession. Near and far, fire works shot into the air for the next hour or so. Here are the best images from my evening of celebration.
|The towering pyramid structures are spaced approximately 100 feet apart, and extend as far as the eye can see.|