Mardi Gras 2016

‘Pink Lives Matter’ themes and other floats provoke outcry after Baton Rouge Spanish Town parade

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- A float rides down Spanish Town Road during the Spanish Town Parade on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.  Some float decorations have been under scrutiny for their controversial and insensitive nature.

Baton Rouge’s signature Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade provoked controversy for the second year in a row, with critics saying its risqué style of humor went too far this past weekend. This year’s most offending culprits were jokes about race, as at least two floats parodied the “Black Lives Matter” movement with “Pink Lives Matter” slogans,… Continue reading →

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Baton Rouge Music Studios continues to grow

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Austin Ardoin, 11, plays guitar with his band, The Elemental 5, in 2014 during the band's performance at Yvette Marie's Cafe after a week of band camp hosted by Baton Rouge Music Studios, the educational music venue which is looking to expand its services.

As Baton Rouge Music Studios rolls into another year, the local educational venue is looking north for ideas on expanding. BRMS director of programs and owner Doug Gay said the musical academy is partnering with the Real School of Music in… Continue reading →

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Review: Seafood and steaks, Duke’s does it right

Photo by Randy Bergeron -- 'Duke'd Up' oysters at Duke's Seafood and Steakhouse

Duke’s Seafood and Steakhouse is new to Watson, but there’s an old hand in the kitchen. Duke Landry grew up in his family’s restaurant business, Don’s Seafood, and is a five-time U.S. Oyster Shucking Champion. Landry and business partner Rudy Chandler, a… Continue reading →

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Smiley: Czech it out!

Thanks to Jacqueline Pressner Gothard, of Metairie, for this Carnival time trip: “Pressner’s Carnival Mart, back in the 1960s, was my parents’ business, on Veterans Boulevard in Metairie, across from Clearview Shopping Center. “Ralph and Etta… Continue reading →

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Crown Crafts’ profit inches upward

Gonzales-based baby products company Crown Crafts Inc. reported a profit of $2.1 million, or 21 cents per share, for the fiscal third quarter, which ended Dec. 27. The results were slightly better than the $2 million, or 20 cents per share, reported… Continue reading →

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