Photos: Festival of Lights

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  • A crowd gathers in front of the Shaw Center for the official lighting of the Christmas Tree during the Downtown Festival of Lights Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.

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  • Scott Burke, 19, on stilts, leans down to give a passer-by a high five near the Old State Capital for the Downtown Festival of Lights Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.

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  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa's other reindeer adorn a flat car on the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. The KCS Holiday Express is a festive six-car train for families to walk through, with Santa Claus and his elves. The train was in Baton Rouge, next to BREC's Memorial Stadium Sports Complex. It was co-hosted by Visit Baton Rouge and held in conjunction with the Downtown Festival of Lights.

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  • The Cerniavskas family, from left, Barbara, Christopher, 7, on dad Chris's shoulders, and Michael, 8, watch fireworks over the river during the Downtown Festival of Lights in Lafayette Park Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.

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  • Susan LeBlanc, holding her 8-month-old son Louis, and family, from left, James LeBlanc, 2, Ann Baine Hurst, 2, Sally Hurst, 5, and mother Sally Treppendahl view an elaborate miniature train set on the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.

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  • Arthur Genre pauses to take a photo of his grandchildren, Gracie, 9, and Christian, 4, on Santa's lap on the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.

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  • The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express is a festive six-car train for families to walk through, with Santa Claus and his elves. The train was in Baton Rouge, next to BREC's Memorial Stadium Sports Complex, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. The Holiday Express was co-hosted by Visit Baton Rouge and held in conjunction with the Downtown Festival of Lights.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND Tyrin Turner, 4, sprays bubbles into the crowd during the Downtown Festival of Lights in Lafayette Park Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT/225/10/12/IN REGISTER/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HEATHER MCCLELLANDFestival of LightsThe Cajun Rockettes, from left, Erin LeJeune, Dani Smith, Tara Francis and Angie DeFrances Snow flank the official Christmas Tree in Lafayette Park while Mayor Kip Holden turns its lights on, and fireworks go off over the river during the Downtown Festival of Lights on Friday.

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