Video: Vehicle plunges into Ward's Creek

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- A car that ran off of the access road underneath the overpass on Siegen Lane, sits in the canal below. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff deputies said one person was transported to a local hospital for observation.

A Kia Optima that ran off the access road beneath the Siegen Lane overpass on Thursday sits in the canal below. An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputy pulled the 39-year-old driver from the water. He was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. … Continue reading →

True BR: Zydeco music brings La. together (Video)

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, right, plays the washboard alongside Anthony Dopsie of Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters during the first of a four-part series of free concerts on Sunday at the Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. The concert series, produced by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and hosted by the Gonzales Mayor's Council, continues Sunday with the Michael Foster Project.

​Anthony Dopsie, the accordion player of Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters, explains the culture of zydeco music in Louisiana. He also talks about the legacy of his father, the legendary zydeco musician Rockin' Dopsie. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of … Continue reading →

Long-standing second-line tradition uniquely New Orleans

Organizations have been marching behind brass bands in New Orleans since the 1840s. 170 years later, these processions, often referred to today as “second-lines,” can be found on the streets on most Sundays from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Videographer Caitlin McNally caught up with the second-lines of today and filed this report. … Continue reading →

Street Performer Series: Mime Uncle Louie

Uncle Louie, a street performer in New Orleans, performs with a tourist.Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn.

Uncle Louie is a full-time mime who can be found on Royal Street and near the Natchez Riverboat. He has been performing for over 21 years and believes the hardest part about street performing is making admirers happy. If there was one message Uncle Louie could share with the world, it would be simply, “love.” … Continue reading →

True BR: The rising art of spoken word poetry (Video)

Leslie D. Rose performs at the Independence Park Theatre on Sept. 19. Video by Kevin McQuarn

Spoken word poetry has been a staple in the arts community in Baton Rouge for well over two decades. However, with a new crop of poets rising from local high schools and universities, this art form has seen new life. Leslie D. Rose, a spoken word poet and journalist, shares an insider’s perspective on the culture of spoken … Continue reading →

Native Culture Day held at Vermilionville

Spectators visited the Bayou Vermilion District’s Vermilionville to partake in their annual Native American Culture Day on Saturday. Representatives from many of Louisiana’s Native American tribes were present to celebrate their living cultures through craft demonstrations, food, music, dance and cultural exchange. … Continue reading →

True BR: The power of gumbo (Video)

Chef Carolyn Shelton gives a cooking demonstration at the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn.

Carolyn Shelton, chef and ambassador for the River Road African American Museum, spotlights one of Louisiana's favorite dishes — gumbo. Gumbo is influenced by the many cultures of Louisiana and has the power to bring people together in both celebration and mourning. Every culture has a soup, and for Baton Rouge and surrounding areas that soup is … Continue reading →

Video: The Spirit of 45

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Auston O'Neill plays taps on the USS Kidd Tuesday during a stop in Baton Rouge with  his wife Bonnie as they tour the country in a National Spirit of '45 Unity Tour bus to bring attention to veterans and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in 2015.

The Express is part of the National Spirit of ‘45 Unity Tour and organizers Auston and Bonnie O’Neill are on a mission to raise public awareness about the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII next year. The anniversary will be celebrated August 14, 2015. The event was hosted by the USS Kidd. … Continue reading →

Video: Duck Festival

Dog trials, skeet shoot, a beauty pageant and parade were the main events at the 38th Annual Duck Festival in Gueydon on Saturday. The festival will feature several duck calling competitions today. Admission today at Duck Festival Park is free. … Continue reading →

Video: Tiger Band Stadium Parade

This is the Tiger Band’s annual rehearsal of its game-day parade to the Tiger Stadium. All 325 members will be marching from the Greek Theatre to the stadium, where they will stop at the top of Victory Hill to play pre-game, make their way into the stadium, sit in the stands and play their fight songs. … Continue reading →

Video: Ringmaster of 'The Greatest Show on Earth'

Ringmaster David Shipman

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is back in Baton Rouge with its “Super Circus Heroes” show. In this video, David Shipman, the show's ringmaster, tells fans about being in the spotlight of the “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will take place at … Continue reading →

True BR: An 'udderly fantastic' dairy (Video)

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The Kleinpeter Dairy has been in business for well over 100 years. During this time, the company's milk, juice and ice cream products have become a tradition in both homes and businesses throughout the Baton Rouge area. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton … Continue reading →

Quilting a stand against sexual violence

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Raina Wirta, with Elevator Projects, helps Shameeka Dream, right, install her message on one of the quilts in the Monument Quilt display in downtown Town Square Tuesday. The Monument Quilt is traveling across the country to bring awareness to victims of sexual violence and help end the problem.

The Monument Quilt, which is traveling across the country to bring awareness to victims of sexual violence, was on display in Baton Rouge’s downtown Town Square on Tuesday. The quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. … Continue reading →