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Photos, video: Donald Trump leads 'L-S-U' chant, brings out massive crowd -- including baby with Trump-stamped pacifier

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs the hand of unofficial "Trump Baby" Curtis Ray Jeffrey, 19 months old, as he walks the rope line following speaking at a campaign rally, Thursday, February 11, 2016, at the Baton Rouge River Center.

. Donald Trump, the often-controversial candidate who won the New Hampshire primary earlier this week and finished second in last week’s Iowa caucuses, visited Baton Rouge to hold a campaign rally at the River Center on Thursday. The rally jammed traffic and drew thousands to downtown Baton Rouge. One of those in attendance -- 19-month-old Curtis… Continue reading →

Photos: Proteus, Orpheus roll in Uptown New Orleans, dazzle Lundi Gras crowd before the big day

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- The Krewe of Orpheus parades on St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans, Monday February 8, 2016. 23rd annual The Krewe of Orpheus, has 1,300 men and women and 38 floats with the theme, "The Wizard's Bestiary".

The 230 members of Proteus rolled Uptown with the theme “The Hindu Heavens,” followed by Orpheus and its krewe of 1,300 riders.… Continue reading →

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 →