December 28th, 2009
Since the 1950’s, people in the Mid-City area have been dragging out their trees into the neutral ground at Orleans Ave. and ringing in the New Year by lighting them on fire. The tradition of burning the neighborhoods’ Christmas Trees in Mid-City
met with strong opposition for the first time last year.
In 2008, organizers were able to make the event happen under new guidelines and with proper permits after the 2007 bonfires went out of control with injuries and incidents of illegal fireworks.
MCNO.org (Mid-City Neighborhood Association) worked diligently with the NOPD and the NOFD to get the necessary permits and parameters for containing the bonfire last year. It seems that this year, there was a lack of funds needed to obtain the proper permits.
An interesting comment thread began here yesterday.
We want to know your thoughts on this situation concerning a 50 + year tradition.
related links 2008
Mid-City bonfire may go up in smoke Nola.com
Save the Orleans Ave. Bonfire Facebook Group
related links 2009
Mid-City bonfire won’t happen this year WWL TV
Mid-City bonfire: Ain’t dere no more The Gambit
Mid-City bonfire hopes for New Year’s Eve extinguished by torrent of paperwork Nola.com
New Years Eve ’08: New Orleans mid-city bonfire
2007 Orleans Avenue/Mid-City Bonfire