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Photos: Touch a truck

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Elijah Malik, 4, honks of the horn of a construction vehicle during the Junior League of Baton Rouge's Touch-A-Truck event held at BREC's Fairgrounds at Airline Highway Park on Saturday. The interactive event allowed children to to see, touch and explore their favorite big vehicles and heavy equipment as well as meet local law enforcement.

Junior League of Baton Rouge hosted an interactive, one-day event that allowed children to see, touch, and explore their favorite big truck, vehicle, heavy equipment and more, as well as meet the individuals who protect, serve, and build Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

Photos: Lemonade Day

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- More than 50 stands were set up on April 30 to sell lemonade for the sixth annual Lemonade Day Louisiana event held at Americana in Zachary.

Baton Rouge, Zachary, and Central for the sixth annual Lemonade Day Louisiana on Saturday, April 30. More than 50 stands were set-up and operated by students from Rollins Place Elementary, Zachary Elementary, and Coppermill Elementary,… Continue reading →

Photos: After the Rains

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- A green anole cautiously surveys the gardens as Independence Park's Botanical Gardens come back to life after a band of thunderstorms moved through the area Wednesday morning, April 27, 2016.

Independence Park’s Botanical Gardens come back to life after a band of thunderstorms moved through the area Wednesday morning, April 27, 2016.… Continue reading →

Photos: Live After Five

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- The crowd enjoys music by Samantha Fish during Live After Five held in downtown Baton Rouge on Friday, April 22, 2016.

Live After Five is long running successful outdoor concert series in Baton Rouge. It is estimated that in excess of 100,000 people attend each year. There are eight shows in the Spring and eight in the Fall. The concerts are from 5pm-8pm at The Crest at Galvez Plaza in North Boulevard/Town Square.… Continue reading →

Photos: Louisiana Photographic Society gallery showcases iconic scenes, colorful wildlife, intriguing people

By Cathy Smart/LPS  The Louisiana Old State Capitol in all it's glory on an April Moonlit night

The Louisiana Photographic society is an organization that supports all styles of photography through education, events, and competitions. Several times a year The Advocate will feature the society’s work of photographs and photographic art in an online gallery. Photographic art may include electronic altering of images for dramatic effect.… Continue reading →

Photos: Louisiana Earth Day

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Nice weather and lots of interesting exhibits greet  visitors during the annual Earth Day celebration Sunday on North Boulevard in downtown Baton Rouge.

Louisiana Earth Day, one of the nation’s largest environmental festivals, lined the streets of downtown Baton Rouge Sunday. The festival features hands-on educational activities and live entertainment on several stages.… Continue reading →

Photos: LSU’s Ag Magic

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Children pick up and pet chicks during the LSU Ag Center's Ag Magic, an interactive journey through Louisiana agriculture, held at the Parker Coliseum on LSU's campus on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Kids and families were invited to an interactive experience at LSU’s Ag Center linking food and fiber products to the forests, field crops and livestock produced by Louisiana farmers, ranchers and forest landowners.… Continue reading →

Will Smith photos: Scene of shooting, plus pictures of him, his wife serving New Orleans community

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints linebacker  Will Smith speaks to the media before he and his wife Racquel hosted the Celebrity Waiters VII to benefit Bridge House/Grace House, which is sponsored by Smith's Where There's A Will There's A Way Foundation in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency.

. After an apparent road rage incident late Saturday night, a man shot and killed former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith in the Lower Garden District, according to New Orleans police and the city's coroner. Smith's wife was also wounded, and a 30-year-old man who has not been identified is in custody… Continue reading →