Bonfest returns after 10 years

Bonfest returns after 10 years

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - A Christmas tradition that was once extremely popular returned in 2014 after a 10-year hiatus.

Despite the wind and rain that passed through Port Allen on Tuesday, the city resurrected its Bonfest on the levee.

It was complete with train rides, music, fireworks and of course, two bon fires.

WAFB reporter Kiran Chawla was given the honor of helping to light the fires.

When the event was at its height of popularity, thousands of visitors attended. The return saw dozens of people show up to enjoy the festivities.

Organizers said it was important to bring the tradition back.

"We've got a lot of the original Bonfest committee members," said Rose Roche, director of Port Allen Community Development. "Lots of new folk. Everybody's chipped in, given their time, their talent to try to make this piece happen. This is one signature event that we hope to continue for the city of Port Allen."

The Bonfest started in 1997 and the last one had been held in 2003.

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