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Photos: Let the good times and the pink floats roll for Baton Rouge's Spanish town parade

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Jan Belehrad, left, accepts bribes from float riders as she and others judge floats before the start of the Spanish Town Parade held in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.

The 36th annual Spanish Town Parade rolled through the streets of Downtown Baton Rouge Saturday.… Continue reading →

Photos: Fun times at family-friendly Southdowns parade

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- A rider tosses beads to parade-goers as the Southdowns Parade rolls down Glasgow Avenue, Friday, February 5, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La.

The Krewe of Southdowns rolled Friday. The theme of this years parade if “Under The Big Top”.… Continue reading →

Photos: Kids Mardi Gras

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Tien Nguyen, 4, dances with her teacher Terri Melton during a courir de Mardi Gras Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Truman Early Childhood Education Center in Lafayette, La. Following a parade around the school, local musicians led songs as students danced from station to station collecting ingredients for a trail mix "gumbo" in the style of a traditional courir de Mardi Gras.

ASO’s Do-Re-ME! hosted a Mardi Gras fun day on Wednesday with traditional Cajun-Creole Mardi Gras festivities for Truman Early Childhood Education Center students and faculty.… Continue reading →

From start of major Canal Street fire to finish, see dramatic photos, videos from historic New Orleans CBD blaze

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTOS BY JOHN McCUSKER -- The fire at 1018 Canal Street burns throughout the morning Wednesday in downtown New Orleans.

3:22 a.m. Wednesday | That's when the New Orleans Fire Department got its first 911 call... Continue reading →

Photos: Check out The Advocate's high school football Super Dozen recruits for 2016

File photoNeville defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence is the state's No. 2 propsect and a composite five-star recruit. He is one of eight defensive linemen or linebackers commited to LSU.

From Hammond all the way to West Monroe, these Louisiana high school football players are anything but a dime a dozen. While some have already enrolled at LSU, there are a few players who are still uncertain. Check out their accolades and what schools are next for the super dozen.… Continue reading →

Photos: March for Life in downtown Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- From left to right, Teresa Ragusa, Jean Hebert and her husband Brian Hebert walk down Fourth Street carrying a banner reading 'Children are a Gift From God,' during the Louisiana Life March (South) Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.  They are from Hammond, and representing Women's Life Ministries Pregnancy Center.  Hundreds gathered for the pro-life, anti-abortion event in Baton Rouge, and marches in Louisiana included one Saturday in Shreveport, and one Jan. 30 in Alexandria.

Annual anti-abortion march, sponsored by Louisiana Right to Life, Louisiana Baptist Convention, Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, United Pentecostal Church of Louisiana, Louisiana Family Forum, the Knights of Columbus, Baton Rouge Right to Life, the Susan B. Anthony List, Caring to Love Ministries, and Louisiana’s Concerned Women for America was held behind Old State Capitol Saturday.… Continue reading →

Photos: Newbery award recipient speaks to Episcopal School students

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Kwame Alexander, left, smiles as he shoots a selfie of himself with an excited group of Episcopal School students after the program. Alexander, a Newbery Medal recipient, spoke to Episcopal School students in grades  6-8. The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. "The Crossover", written by Kwame Alexander and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt received the medal in 2015. In the book, twelve-year-old narrator, Josh Bell, uses the rhythms of a poetry jam to emulate the "moving & grooving/popping and rocking" of life on the basketball court with his twin brother, J.B. This powerful novel in verse paints an authentic portrait of a closely-knit family on the brink of crisis. Many 6th graders studied The Crossover, the novel he wrote that earned the Newbery. ItÕs also been a big hit with sports-minded kids in other grades. HeÕs a celebrated author with over 20 books to his credit, mostly written as poetry.

Kwame Alexander, a Newbery Medal recipient, author of The Crossover, spoke to Episcopal School students on Friday after speaking to LSU Lab students on Thursday. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Alexander received the award in 2015… Continue reading →