There’s nothing that exemplifies Louisiana’s unique art, culture and heritage quite like the huge bonfires along the levees the light the night and pave the way for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. The size, structure and time that it takes to build these things will blow your mind. If you have never witnessed this amazing tradition, you need to check it out.
The mission of the Gulf Coast Marketplace is to contribute to community recovery by providing opportunities for economic growth and financial independence to individuals and families, especially those impacted by disaster.
The Gulf Coast Marketplace is being developed as a virtual festival to help celebrate and deliver the talents of Louisiana artists, craftsmen and micro-enterprises to a global market. In addition to introducing a unique culture and heritage to the world, the Gulf Coast Marketplace is one important element of a 3-tiered community recovery program led by Options for Independence to bring income into households that have experienced economic challenge.