Al’s Lights

Nov 25, 2008 by

Whatever else can be said of Al Copeland, and there is a lot to be said, this does mark the passing of an era. A very John Waters kitsch sort of an era, replete with deep fried avian and the best dam biscuits around. Anyway the insane outpouring of lumens that brighten the sky over the suburbs shines its last time this year.

The most obnoxiously legendary display of Christmas lights is about to end its run. Funny, I remember the 70’s when he started. Every year there was an outpouring of annoyance from the neighbors and a constant stream of people there to see the show. The man had full on animatronics in his yard in the 70s!

Anyway, here’s the press release I got:

The late Al Copeland’s famous Christmas
display to make its final appearance
Copeland Family To Hold Last Christmas Display Lighting
on Saturday, November 29

WHAT: Locals and tourists alike recognize the symbolic tradition of the Copeland Christmas lights, as the official mark of the holiday season in New Orleans In a tribute to the legend–the late Al Copeland Sr.–his family will put the famous lights on display for the last time.

WHEN: Saturday, November 29, 2008, 6:00PM

*Media to arrive by 5:45PM*

LOCATION: The Home of the Late Al Copeland, 5001 Folse Drive, Metairie, LA

ADDITIONAL INFO: Al Copeland Sr. passed away earlier this year to Merkel Cell Carcinoma, a rare and deadly form of cancer. To honor his legacy, his family created the Al Copeland Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to contributing money for research to eradicate this rare cancer. To further culminate this holiday, the Copeland Family will be hosting a “Heaven on Earth” gala on Saturday, December 13. Admission is $100 and all proceeds go to The Al Copeland Foundation in support of Merkel Cell Carcinoma Research in Partnership with The University of Pittsburgh Merkel Cell Carcinoma Research Program. To learn more, please visit

Whatever else can be said, this does mark the end of an era. Funny how often that’s happened in the last three years or so, isn’t it?

-Loki, HumidCity Founder

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