Motor Maids At The Festival Of The Bonfires
Arkansas Louisiana Mississippi District Ends The Year With A South Louisiana Tradition
The weekend of December 13th, 2014 was filled with some of the best food, fun, festivities a little fire and of course good friends / Motor Maid sisters and a few security crew members. Fourteen and one on the way Motor Maids attended the event for the Festival of the Bonfires along the banks of the Mississippi River levee.
The longest distance traveled to get to Louisiana was from the MA ladies. Johanna and Darlene Lawlor-Moore flew into “The Big Easy” to spend the week in our great state of Louisiana. Becky Ham from Natchitoches, LA was the longest distance on a motorcycle. The rest of the Motor Maids that attended were from AR/MS/LA District….we almost had 15 in attendance. Soon to be new mother Angelica Lirette Barras was about to deliver a baby girl anytime within the next month or so. (This baby girl will be a third generation Motor Maid if she decides to ride with her mama and grandmother Ida Lirette).
Friday night we indulged in some of the best Louisiana Gumbo around with over 70 pots to choose from at the Lutcher Bonfire Festival. The tradition of lighting bonfires began many, many years ago in Louisiana. Bonfires were built along the Mississippi river levees and along the bayous to light the way for Papa Noel on Christmas so that he could find his way to all the good little boys and girls along the Bayous of Louisiana. Today this tradition is attended by thousands on Christmas Eve as 100s of bonfire structures are lite and many pots of gumbo are shared along the way. They only light one each night of the festival just to give you a little taste but it was a fun way to spend some time with our Motor Maid family before the holidays.
Saturday we decided to head to Oak Alley Plantation just along the levee for a tour and lunch…many movies have been filmed at this historic location (“Interview with a Vampire” featuring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt and also Betty Davis in “Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte” just to name a few). Some of the ladies ventured to New Orleans on Saturday for a walk down Bourbon Street.
Saturday afternoon in the hotel lobby we played a few games, swapped ornaments and just had a good ole time together. We headed back down to festival later for a little dance music and more good Louisiana cuisine. Sunday morning was time to head home for most of us. So hugs and see you laters were shared before we headed off in different directions until we meet again.