Photos: Weekly Gallery, 3/31/13

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Warren Easton Charter High School kicked off the celebration of its 100th year anniversary with a Centennial Celebration event Friday at the school. A centennial banner was unveiled, and the Warren Easton Charter High School band performed. Trumpeter Andrew Haynes, 15, is right.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Warren Easton Charter High School kicked off the celebration of its 100th anniversary with a Centennial Celebration event Friday at the school. A centennial banner was unveiled, and the Warren Easton Charter High School band performed. Cheerleader Shayla May, 16, foreground, performs after the banner's unveiling.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- Louisville's Sheronne Vails gets into the spirit of things as she and other players from teams playing the NCAA Women's Final Four arrive Friday at Mardi Gras World for an event in their honor. Louisville, Notre Dame, Connecticut and California are playing in the tournament.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Alice Carts, left, and Brian Spann dance along with music performed by New Orleans band Phunky Monkeys at Live After Five on Friday at Repentence Park in downtown Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Joshua Stephenson and his son, Jacob Stephenson, 3, dance along with music performed by New Orleans band Phunky Monkeys at Live After Five held Friday at Repentence Park in downtown Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Zearlee Milligan, 83, left, and Lizz Lyons, 73, right, sit down to a meal including baked chicken at the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging offices on Thursday. Some Metro Council members are seeking more city-parish funding for the COA and other community programs for youths and the elderly.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- In the lunch room at the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, executive director Tasha Clark-Amar, left, hands lunch and a carton of milk to Henrietta White, 74, right, while behind them, fom left to right, director of nutritional services Merisia Johnson readies meals for a line of seniors that includes Sarah Irving, 85; Blanche Dunbar, 72; Doretha Mills, 77, who is partially obscured behind Dunbar; Ursula Brady, 64, and Zearlee Milligan,83. Some Metro Council members are seeking more city-parish funding for the EBRCOA and other community programs for youths and the elderly.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK - Laura Tucker works on her mural Friday on the side of The Garden District Animal Hospital on Perkins Road. At 40 feet by 24 feet the scene of University Lakes is the largest mural Tucker, a part time painter, has created. Tucker said she will have spent a total of ten eight hour days painting once the mural is complete.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- From far left, Jordey John, Will Taylor, Ross Higginbothom, and Pascal Laland play some two-on-two basketball at Thomas Park on Friday afternoon in Lafayette. The four friends all live in the surrounding neighborhoods and shoot hoops at the park regularly.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- UConn players dance around center Stefanie Dolson, center, while doing a promo for ESPN's coverage of the Women's NCAA Final Four on Friday, April 5, 2013, in New Orleans Arena.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Music for the day -- Gage Wiggins, 3, of Prairieville, listens as Riders in the Sky perform Thursday for Baton Rouge General Medical Center pediatric patients through the hospital's affiliation with the Manship Theatre and its Arts in Medicine program. At right is Wiggins' grandmother Susan Fontenot, of Pine Prairie. From left are accordionist Joey, the CowPolka King; Woody Paul, 'King of the Cowboy Fiddlers;' guitarist Ranger Doug; and upright 'bunkhouse' bassist Too Slim, who wrote and performed music in the movie "Toy Story 2" and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Veterans of the World War II submarine USS Bowfin greeted visitors to the World War II Museum in New Orleans Thursday, April 4, 2013. The submarine fought in the Pacific against the Japanese. Bowfin sailors Robert Beynon and Wilber Lee Jackson share a story.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Paddle power -- Paddlers travel from Donaldsonville down Bayou Lafourche on Thursday on a 4-day float trip, the 12th annual Paddle Lafourche event, to raise awareness about the plight of the bayou.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Through the Postcrossing website, Andrea McDougal trades postcards with people from all over the world. She loved collecting postcards for several years, but her hobby has grown since she joined Postcrossing last year.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Members of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team arrive at the JW Marriott for the Women's Final Four in New Orleans, Thursday, including Caroline Doty, center, and Kelly Faris, left.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel, far right, who played football for New Orleans' Brother Martin High School, shows members of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team how to second line after they arrived at the JW Marriott for the Women's Final Four in New Orleans on Thursday. Players dancing along include Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, far left, and Brianna Banks, center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Blown profit -- Lena Menner, 19, left, laughs as Emily Jones, 9, reaches out Tuesday to catch the profit from their lemonade stand after a gust of wind blew it. The girls, who are enjoying spring break, said they also played cards near Emily's Garden District home.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Baton Rouge's Ruby Sanchez, 79, second from right, does a shimmy Tuesday while following People's Health fitness instructor Rachel Carlino, left, while doing the 'Macarena' during 'Cardio Line Dancing,' for the People's Health Senior Health Series at the A.C. Lewis YMCA. The program's classes, held in partnership with the YMCA, are free but require registration. Registration is online at www.peopleshealth.com, or call toll-free, 1-866-220-0418, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, said P.H. Community Wellness Coordinator David Williams. Vera Blakes is second from left, in white hat, and Jackie Porter is at far right.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Play ball -- Grant Harris hits tennis balls Tuesday in Baton Rouge for his 3-year-old Boykin Spaniel named Callie. Harris said he uses the racquet to protect his arm and the dog likes to chase the long ball.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- LSU's Rheagan Courville was named the Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Year on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Cyril Green, known in the Mardi Gras Indian community as "Big Chief Iron Horse" was laid to rest Tuesday, April 2, 2013 after a service at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church on St. Roch Avenue. Green, who was quadriplegic, came out as an Indian in his wheelchair. Indians from around the city gathered to escort his casket as it was brought out of the church.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Mayor-President Kip Holden leads a group tossing flying discs Tuesday to celebrate the opening of Repentance Park. The park located between City Hall and the Louisana Art and Science Museum has been under construction since February 2012.

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  • Advocate staff photo bt BRAD BOWIE -- Joshua Brown, left, and Clint Stringfellow, both employees of Re-Bath, work together to cut a thin strip of faux marble acryllic to be be installed at the City Club on Tuesday afternoon in the River Ranch neighborhood of Lafayette. The bathrooms and showers of the clubhouse are getting a complete renovation.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Tiara Smith, 11, makes a decorative clothespin in a class Monday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Jones Creek Regional Branch.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Stroll on riverwalk -- Quinton Williams, 29 of Baton Rouge, walks along the levee in downtown Baton Rouge Monday as the sun sets, casting a long shadow.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- As one of the service projects for the Wave of Green Day of Service, on Monday, April 1, 2013, Tulane faculty and staff members helped alumnus Frank Lemann install artwork on abandoned homes. Here decorative boards are placed over windows of an abandoned house.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Lynn Fischer, left, follows her son Nicholas, 6, as they take advantage of a sunny spring day Monday to enjoy a bike ride along Shady Lake Parkway.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Sisters Emily Gonsoulin, center, and Sarah Lomax, seated, are operating a nonprofit in memory of their friend Lauren Savoy Olinde, who died last year, at age 27, from melanoma skin cancer. With the sisters are their mother Ruthie Golden, top right, and Olinde's mother Nancy Savoy, who are helping with a Hat Run for skin cancer awareness scheduled for Saturday morning on the grounds of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- David Martin strikes Rachel Watts with a pussy willow stalk Monday at the Dyngus celebration at the Siberia bar in New Orleans. Dyngus Day is a Polish celebration that celebrates the end of Lenten sacrifice and the beginning of spring. Fertility and courtship rituals are a playful part of the celebration where girls and boys make switches out of pussy willows and strike their love interests with them.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Carole Cross, left, hands trays to fellow volunteer Kyrece Lee, 10, at St. Vincent de Paul's Easter dinner Sunday afternoon. About 100 volunteers helped serve 670 meals and hand out gifts to the guests who attended.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Katie Beaugh serves dinner to Tamirea Parker, 9, on Sunday afternoon at St. Vincent de Paul's annual Easter dinner.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Carol Greve, left, and Janice Foulks ride down St. Louis Street in a horse-drawn carriage Sunday wearing their Easter finery during the Historic French Quarter Easter Parade in New Orleans. The group handed out Easter eggs and toys to children before attending Mass at St. Louis Cathedral.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Ruth De La Cerda hands a bunny to a child in the crowd in Jackson Square on Sunday during the Historic French Quarter Easter Parade in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Amy Carbonette Cioll, center, hugs Rachel Kincaid, far left, Sunday after Mass at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Archbishop Gregory Aymond greets Carol Greve, right, Sunday after Mass at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Rev. Than Vu, right, prepares to light a Paschal candle held by Deacon John Veron, left, during an Easter Vigil service at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baton Rouge Saturday evening.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Rianna Bennett, center, and her mother Nancy Bennett dance with bunny-ears at the end of the 35th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- People enjoy food, music and horse betting at the New Orleans Fair Grounds infield festival during the 100th running of the Louisiana Derby on Saturday. The band Flow Tribe plays on stage as a replay of a race is shown on a giant video screen.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Judy Poe, center, of Denham Springs, who had a kidney transplant 38 years ago at age 10, watches her sister Melinda Coley, left, pin on one of the 'Team 38 Special' commemorative towels worn by Poe's family and friends, including Janelle Gianelloni, right, before the start of the seventh annual Baton Rouge Kidney Walk. The event was Saturday at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Jessica Allen, left, holds her daughter J'Mirikle Allen, 1, as they and Jessica's niece Jymia Allen, 7, check out throws in their Easter basket on Rosenwald Road during the fourth annual Klassy Styles Easter Parade Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Klassy Styles Hair Salon float rider Gracie Knox, left, throws a trinket to the crowd Saturday as she and her daughter Arianna Knox, 9, right, take part in Klassy Styles' fourth annual Easter Parade on Rosenwald Road in the Scotlandville community. Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniel was grand marshal of the parade, which was followed by an Easter basket and clothes giveaway at the Alexis Hall parking lot on Plank Road.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Isaiah Koech, a 19-year-old Kenyan, wearing number 1, starts the 35th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic on Poydras St. before finishing first with an official time of 27 minutes, 32 seconds. Lani Rutto, in red at left, took second in a time of 27:44.

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  • Advocate file photo -- Gary Veach, one of seven judges at the Greater Baton Rouge Cat Club's annual Cat Show in 2013, gets affection from Blair, a sphynx, who traveled to the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales from Chattanooga, Tenn.

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