A giant wooden alligator alongside the Mississippi River Levee was built in Garyville, Louisiana, catching the eye of many media outlets.

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

It was built in St. James Parish to celebrate the annual Christmas Even bonfire. The gator measured from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail an incredible 60 feet.

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

Many may see this for the first time, but they do it every year, obviously, and it’s a mutual tradition with Paulina, Garyville, and Lutcher residents. They say the sight is “truly magical.”

Thousands of people are coming to attend the bonfire and when you ask the locals “what’s this all about,” they will tell you that it’s to light a way for old “Papa Noel” to make his Christmas runs. Papa Noel is Cajun for Santa Claus by the locals in the event that it has not yet clicked.

As long as the weather is fine, at 7 PM Central Standard Time on Christmas Eve, they start the alligator bonfire along with many other bonfires in the area. Further pictures of the alligator that were posted on Facebook can be seen below.

Shes all done.. #itaintnojoke #bonfireseason2k19 #GBU come out and enjoy!!

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

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