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Photos: Ragin Cajuns Parade

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Kellie Boudreaux with the Cajun Jazz Dance Team cheers as Ragin' Cajuns fans march behind a bass brand and second line around the French Quarter during the Ragin' Cajuns parade celebrating a fourth consecutive invitation to the New Orleans Bowl on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

The Rajin Cajuns celebrate their invitation to the New Orleans Bowl with a parade and second line in the French Quarter.… Continue reading →

Gallery: WWII veteran signs B-17 wing panel

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- John Young, a World War II veteran, signs a piece of a wing from a WWII plane Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at his home in Baton Rouge.

John Young was only 20 when he was almost killed during an Allied bombing run targeting Berlin in February 1945. Young, a Louisiana native who is now 90 years old, was a turret gunner with the 384th Bomb Group when his plane, on the return trip to England, was struck by bullets from the ground below. The… Continue reading →

A glimpse at the Holiday Mix

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Campbell Wall, left, and Marianne Alford Wascom perform a dance move during rehearsal for the Cangelosi Dance Project's annual Holiday Mix. Performances are 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Manship Theatre.

Advocate staff photos by JOHN OUBRE -- The Cangelosi Dance Project will present its 10th Holiday Mix dance concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. This year’s show exhibits a selection of choreography from traditional, gospel, Christian rock… Continue reading →

Photos: Jimmy Graham leaps, New Orleans Saints celebrate big win vs. Chicago Bears

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) carries the ball after receiving a pass from quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

A season that just a few days ago appeared to be in disarray is now once again filled with hope, thanks in part to a hapless effort by the Chicago Bears, as the New Orleans Saints head into the final two weeks in control of their destiny in the NFC South race. New Orleans defeated Chicago, 31-15, on… Continue reading →

Photos: EBR Prison

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Inside the EBR Parish Prison.

Images of the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.… Continue reading →

Photos: LHSAA Championships

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Livonia's assistant coach Marc Brown reacts to a bad play during the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA High School Football Playoffs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

Images from Saturday’s Louisiana High School Athletics Associations State Football Championship game.… Continue reading →

Photos: LHSAA State Champion Football

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY-- Damarcian McCutchen of Haynesville runs the ball as Brian Criff of Mangham attempts the tackle during the second weekend of the Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic Select School titles at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The Haynesville Golden Tornado won 16-0. ORG XMIT: LABAT

Images from Friday’s Louisiana State Champioship games.… Continue reading →

Photos: Pat’s Coats for Kids

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE --Gwen Green, at left, a volunteer coordinator with Pat's Coats for Kids, gives a sign in sheet to Joy Robins from Wildwood Elementary school on Friday morning at WBRZ.

Pat Shingleton held his annual coat distribution event Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. This year they distributed 7,000 coats to 171 schools.… Continue reading →

Photos: Southern University graduation

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Port Allen's Chandra Burks waves her diploma high in the air as she returns from the stage to her seat, after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in the College of Social and Behavioral Science, Friday, Dec. 12, at Southern University's Fall Commencement. Southern is celebrating this year the100th anniversary of its relocation to Scott's Bluff, above the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge. Bishop Joseph Warren Walker III, D. Min., an SU Alum and former member of the school's 'Human Jukebox' marching band, was commencement speaker. He is Senior Pastor at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, TN, and Presiding Bishop-elect of the Full Gospel Baptist Church fellowship, International.

Bishop Joseph W. Walker III, was the commencement speaker at the 2014 Southern University fall graduation ceremony. Walker is pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn.… Continue reading →

WWII Museum debuts “Road to Berlin” exhibit

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  The World War II Museum opened its new exhibit

The World War II Museum opened its new exhibit, “The Road to Berlin,” Friday, December 12, 2014. 100 WWII era veterans were in attendance. The ceremony was held in the Boeing Freedom Pavilion before moving on to the new space where the Berlin exhibit is housed.… Continue reading →

Gallery: Southern University hosts holiday concert

Advocate staff  photo by JOHN OUBRE -- The Southern University Concert Chori will perform in the university's fourth annual

The Wind Ensemble joined the Southern University Concert Choir and Everrett Parker’s Mass Community Choir and Ministers’ Choir in the F.G. Clark Activity Center for Southern’s holiday concert, which marks the final event in Southern’s yearlong centennial celebration.… Continue reading →

Photos: Gonzales Senior Citizens Christmas party

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Prairieville's Calvin Braud, 79, dances with his friend Virley Lanoux, 83, of St. Amant, Tuesday at the 30th annual Gonzales Senior Citizens Christmas party,  at the Gonzales Civic Center. At left are Carnell Fontenot, 74, and his wife Delores Fontenot, 70, and  at right, Stanley Dixon, 77, and his wife Gwen Dixon, 75, all from Gonzales.

The 30th annual Ascension Parish Senior Citizens Christmas party was held Tuesday at the Gonzales Civic Center. Seniors enjoyed food, dancing and a visit from Santa.… Continue reading →

Photos: Panthers vs. Saints pregame and game action

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER --  New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton high fives outside linebacker Parys Haralson (98) before the Saints vs. Panthers game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

In a match up with playoff implications, the Saints took on the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday, December 7, 2014.… Continue reading →

Photos: Election

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Bill Cassidy makes a speech to his supporters after winning the US Senate race at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.

Images from Saturday’s election campaign partys.… Continue reading →

Photos: SWAC championship game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums, left, and Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson embrace following Alcorn's 38-24 win over Southern, Saturday, Dec. 6, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Tx.

Southern faces the Alcorn State Braves in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game in Houston Saturday Dec. 6, 2014.… Continue reading →

Photos: Zion City clean-up

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Zion City cleanup volunteers. from left, Ashley Griffin-Bennett and Donald Anderson pick up litter on Ford Street during a neighboor cleanup effort on Saturday morning.

Zion City had its annual “One Neighborhood One Family” cleanup Saturday, where people picked up trash and discarded items. It’s been a couple of years since they last had one. The intentions of the clean-up is to get the area spruced up for a neighborhood Christmas parade that also is being resumed this year.… Continue reading →

Photos: Baton Rouge tree lighting ceremony

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Members of the Baton Rouge-based group 'Kyle Kahn and the Cajun Belles' present the  city's 35-foot Christmas tree on North Boulevard Town Square,  as fireworks go off behind the Old State Capitol, Friday at the 2014 Downtown Festival of Lights in Baton Rouge. Dancers are, left to right,  Kathryn Nastasi, Adam Tanner Gilbert, Ashleigh Keller, Tess Guidry, Kyle Kahn, Maggie Leigh and singer BreAnne Baker. East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden turned on approximately half a million lights on North Boulevard and the tree to highlight many related activities.

Mayor-President Kip Holden lit half a million lights on North Boulevard and on the city’s 35-foot Christmas tree in Town Square. A Bethlehem Village set, which is a real life village set in Biblical times, allowed children to craft ornaments and decorations. A train ride was available on the Mansion Express at the Old Governor’s Mansion.… Continue reading →

Photos: Check out Jesuit, U-High celebrate state titles in Louisiana's select championship games

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Jesuit quarterback Trey LaForge (11) puts together a drive against John Curtis in the first quarter of the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic Division I State Championship game on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Photos: Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands, Greek Show

Advocate photo by J.T. BLATTY-- Grambling State University's Delta Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta kicks off the Greek step competition during the 41st Annual Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands and Greek Show at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Nov. 28, 2014.

Images from the Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands and Greek Show on Nov. 28, 2014 at the New Orleans Superdome… Continue reading →

Photos: Mandeville falls to Acadiana

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Mandeville's Guy LeCompte is tackled by Acadiana's Dezinarell Gray during the second quarter Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Mandeville.

Mandeville falls to Acadiana 28-14 on Friday Nov. 28, 2014.… Continue reading →