After a three-month burn ban due to dry weather, the annual Christmas Eve bonfires along the Mississippi River in Louisiana have been given the green light. The bonfires, which have been a local tradition for 300 years, are built to light the way for Santa Claus, known as “Papa Noel” among Cajuns in Louisiana. The ban was lifted just days before Thanksgiving, allowing for the construction and lighting of nearly 150 bonfires. Safety precautions have been implemented, including restrictions on the size and materials used in the bonfires. The event draws thousands of visitors each year.