Photos: July 4th in south Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  The American flag flies overhead as people gather for a Fourth of July celebration on Thursday on the Mississippi River levee in Baton Rouge.
Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- The American flag flies overhead as people gather for a Fourth of July celebration on Thursday on the Mississippi River levee in Baton Rouge.

Backyard barbeques, neighborhood parades, boat parades and blankets on the lawn for the annual spectacle of Fireworks on the Levee filled south Louisiana’s gorgeous Fourth of July celebrations Wednesday and Thursday.