Photos: Downtown BR and Southern light trees

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ken Brown holds his daughter Kennedi Brown, 1, up on his shoulder to watch fireworks lighting up the sky over Baton Rouge during the lighting of the Christmas tree at the 2012 Downtown Festival of Lights. Ken and Kennedi attended the festival with along with Kennedi's mother, Chrystal Brown.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Faye Buco and Lucy Fasullo, both 3, from left, dance under the stage lights to live music during the 2012 Downtown Festival of Lights in Baton Rouge on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Children trade throws in a snowball fight during the 2012 Downtown Festival of Lights in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate file photo -- The John Gray Jazz Trio will perform at the Juneteenth Roots and Heritage Festival Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Festival-goers react to fireworks lighting up the sky over Baton Rouge during the lighting of the Christmas tree at the 2012 Downtown Festival of Lights.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Fireworks light up the night sky over the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge Friday as crowds gather for the lighting of the Christmas tree during the 2012 Downtown Festival of Lights

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Gabriel Fuselier, Catherine Pendleton, Lauren Thibodaux, and Joseph Pendleton, from left, hoof it with other runners down North Blvd. during the 2012 Reindeer Run and Jingle Bell Jog, held in conjunction with the 2012 Downtown Festival of Lights in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Stilt-walker and juggler Scott Burke, center, high-fives passers-by during the 2012 Downtown Festival of Lights in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern University Chancellor James L. Llorens, center, along with his wife, Glenda Llorens, addresses the crowd prior to lighting a Christmas tree in front of the Felton G. Clark Activity Center Friday evening. The children waiting for the tree lighting, who are members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's Delta Gems and Delta Academy, are from left to right, Tearaney Ephrom, 11; Ka'Laceyah Allen, 11; Logann Allen, 15; and Razmin Green, 12. The two young boys on the right are brothers: Tahj Foster, 8, and Jalem Foster, 4.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Performing during Southern University's 'A Yuletide Gift of the Spirit' Christmas concert held Friday in the Felton G. Clark Activity Center are Maria J. Foster, foreground, and Carl George, both members of the Everrett Parker Vocal Ensemble. Also featured during the concert were the university's wind ensemble, concert choir, and liturgical dancers.