35th Spanish Town parade rolls Saturday: Still 'loose as a goose,' kitschy as a plastic flamingo

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Bill Creveling and his wife Maretta walk the staging route to preview floats, Bill wearing his flamingo hat with wings that spun in the wind, at the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008.

Spanish Town Mardi Gras is quirky, obscene and almost out of control. And it’s all Baton Rouge’s creation. The parade, now in its 35th year, pulls thousands of spectators into the yards and tiny streets of Baton Rouge’s oldest neighborhood to party with floats and dance troupes representing all… Continue reading →



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 →

Video Games

Review: ‘Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam’ hits some flat notes

Photo provided by Nintendo -- This screenshot shows a scene from the new Nintendo 3DS game 'Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.'

Role-playing games like “Fallout 4” and “The Witcher 3” are beloved for their complexity, ambition and overwhelming variety of things to do. But those same traits scare some players away, particularly grown-ups who may not have 100 hours free to really dig in.… Continue reading →



Louisiana workshop‘s ‘Little Mouse Santi’ honored

J.K. Rowling

Louisiana-based children’s workshop Confetti Park’s first publication, “The Little Mouse Santi,” was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. The book is written by New Orleans author David Eugene Ray. It’s a children’s book about a mouse who wants to be… Continue reading →