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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- The American flag flies overhead as people gather for a Fourth of July celebration on Thursday on the Mississippi River levee in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Mike Richard, left, and his wife, Dawn, watch a Fourth of July fireworks display from the tower downtown on Thursday on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Float riders throw beads, candy and trinkets to the crowd on Kenilworth Parkway during the annual Kenilworth Independence Day parade Wednesday. This year's theme was Hometown Heroes.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Pat Almond, a United States Marine Corps veteran of World War Two, throws beads to the crowd during the annual Kenilworth Independence Day parade Wednesday. Almond, riding on the Military Order of the Purple Heart, chapter 177, was wounded twice while fighting in the Pacific in WWII. This year's theme was Hometown Heroes.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Anna Carpenter, 5, left and her sister Katie, 9 wave flags to get attention of float riders throwing beads and candy during the annual Kenilworth Independence Day parade Wednesday. This year's theme was Hometown Heroes.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Richard Flicker, with the Exchange Club, passes out U.S. Presidential Trivia Quiz cards during the annual Kenilworth Independence Day parade Wednesday. This year's theme was Hometown Heroes.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Emily Kemp, 3, looks down the street to see what was coming next during the annual Kenilworth Independence Day parade Wednesday. This year's theme was Hometown Heroes.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Audrey Patterson, nine months old, watches the annual Kenilworth Independence Day parade from her mom's ( Heather Patterson) lap Wednesday. This year's theme was Hometown Heroes.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- A flag-draped party boat floats past the judges stand during the 31st annual False River Fourth of July decoration contest and boat parade on Thursday in Jarreau. The decorating theme this year is 'Tribute to Louisiana Music Legends.'

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Derick Harrington, left, and Zachary Perk, both of Thibodeaux, exchange water balloons with a passing boat during the 31st annual False River Fourth of July decoration contest and boat parade on Thursday in Jarreau. The decorating theme this year is 'Tribute to Louisiana Music Legends.'

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Linda Howard, left, and Lee Ann Robinson, right, put a plastic cover over setup fireworks to protect them from the weather on a barge docked near Hollywood casino for the July 4th celebration downtown on the Mississippi River. Howard said the shells with shoot right through the plastic wrap without a problem.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Marcus Robinson, left, and Nathan Cole, right, set up fireworks on a barge docked near Hollywood casino for the July 4th celebration downtown on the Mississippi River.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Putting one of the largest shells into the launcher, Brandon Speer and team sets up fireworks on a barge docked near Hollywood casino for the July 4th celebration downtown on the Mississippi River.

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