Photos: Ascension in Focus for Dec. 13, 2012

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Brooklyn Hebert, 1, left, is less than thrilled to meet Santa Claus for the first time unlike her sister, Mallori Hebert, 3, right, who was more than happy to sit in his lap for a photo at Gonzales Civic Center in Gonzales on Tuesday. The girls lined up with their mother, Michelle Hebert, and hundreds of other Ascension Parish kids and parents for a chance to meet merry old St. Nick before Christmas.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Marissa Lass, 18; Bryn Purvis, 14; Madison Levy, 16; and Colbi Landry, 16; from left, sing Dec. 4 with other performers from Center Stage Performing Arts Academy at the Gonzales Civic Center during the annual Gonzales Tree Lighting ceremony. Families watched the show, had hot chocolate and visited with Santa.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Eight-month-old Jensen Young, center, watches while cradled by her mother, Rhagen Young, as Center Stage Performing Arts Academy sings in the Gonzales Civic Center on Dec. 4. Hundreds of Ascension Parish children and parents were entertained by music and dance while lining up to take photos with Santa Claus before Christmas. The event is hosted by the city of Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Beau Melancon, right, dangles keys in front of the captured Hudson Boys, Jordan Hudson, 17, and Trevor Hudson, 16, from left, during Cowboy Christmas at The Rock Church in Gonzales on Dec. 6. The three-day event featured a western town, hay rides and gospel music. The church added the jail and a new 'Heavenly Hotel' to its western town this year.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Visitors sit around a campfire listening to scripture during Cowboy Christmas at The Rock Church in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Blacksmith Matt Stafford, center, stokes brands in a fire during a demonstration for visitors as apprentice Quincy Shaddinger, left, watches during Cowboy Christmas at The Rock Church in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ayden Little, 3, center, points at the captured Hudson Boys, Jordan Hudson, 17, and Trevor Hudson, 16, from left, during Cowboy Christmas at The Rock Church in Gonzales on Dec. 6.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Emma Doucet, 7, Landri Broussard, 8, and Seth Doucet, 4, from left, sample free cookies during Cowboy Christmas at The Rock Church.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Taylor Newman, 11, as Mary, and Jesse Bateman, 15, as Joseph, perform in a nativity scene during Cowboy Christmas at The Rock Church in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Beau Melancon, left, helps Ayden Little, 3, onto a miniature pony while mother Rebecca Little, right, stands by during Cowboy Christmas at The Rock Church in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Tony Alise Jr. bows his head while leading a campfire prayer during Cowboy Christmas at The Rock Church in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- U.S. Air Force Sgt. Rob Oates hugs Ann Burgess, from left, after sharing a dance at the annual Donaldsonville Rotary Senior Citizens luncheon, hosted at Palazzo Bernardo in Donaldsonville on Dec. 6. Oates led Donaldsonville High School's U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC in helping to serve lunch, and laughs, to Ascension Parish seniors at the full-house event.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Charles Trench and Josephine Rome, from left, trade hugs Dec. 6 during the annual Donaldsonville Rotary Senior Citizens luncheon.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Wilson Waguespack, left, receives a gift from Santa Claus, a.k.a. Rotary volunteer Sonny Graugnard, during the annual Donaldsonville Rotary Senior Citizens luncheon, hosted at Palazzo Bernardo in Donaldsonville on Dec. 6. Graugnard and Santa's helper Becky Katz helped distribute gifts.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ann Burgess, of Donaldsonville, and Warrine Lightfoot, of Gonzales, from left, keep dancing as other seniors head for the exit during the annual Donaldsonville Rotary Senior Citizens luncheon, hosted at Palazzo Bernardo in Donaldsonville Dec. 6.

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Jase Hill throws candy Sunday in the annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Association Christmas Parade. Thousands lined the streets to catch candy, cups and other throws.

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Queen Meredith Conger rides in the annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Association Parade on Sunday.

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Micheal Stevens with his daughter Malory Stevens, 4, on his neck catch items with a net at the annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Association Christmas Parade.

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Brayden Morgan, Aleaha Morgan, Brylee Morgan, Karsyn Shaheen and Glenda Shaheen, from left, throw cups, books and beads in the annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Association Parade on Sunday from the Rotary Club of Gonzales float.

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Karen Matherne, center, helps Mason Freeman, 5, left and Carter Brown, 5, right, pick up beads and a stuffed animal at the annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Association Christmas Parade on Sunday.

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Parade goers fill the streets as floats and bands make their way through the route at the annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Association Christmas Parade.

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Caregivers Dianne WeLaune, left, and Peggy Hunnicutt, right, brought Linda Gunby to the annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Association Christmas Parade on Sunday.

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Parade goers raise their hands and scream for beads and other items thrown from the floats as they pass by at the annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Association Christmas Parade.

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Santa Claus rides last Sunday as he throws treats to the parade goers at the annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Association Christmas Parade.

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