Photos: Laos New Years celebration

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - The king and queen aboard a float during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Rvelers and participants wave at each other during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Women proceed down a street near Buddhist statues during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - A woman wearing a shirt showing pride for Laos takes photos during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Sausage are grilled before the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - A man wearing a bra and skirt dances during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Participants are soaked by a water hose during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Revelers pose for photos as cracklins are prepared during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Revelers enjoy crawfish at a house party during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Revelers enjoy crawfish at a house party during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Revelers enjoy crawfish at a house party during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Participants are soaked by a water hose during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Women proceed down a street near Buddhist statues during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Women perform a traditional dance during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Members of the royal float wave during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Former queen Mata March Bouhuonnoan (C) has a last-minute touch-up from Phouthone Samaone as Reese Morgan looks on before the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Young float riders wait for the start of the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Candies Kanjanabou (L) eats noodles before the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Candies Kanjanabou (R) eats noodles as Kiraly Thongdy (L) looks off before the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Women perform a traditional dance during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Pang Mekdara (L), of Minneapolis, MN and Bec Panyanouvang drink Hennesey whiskey before the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Pang Mekdara (L), of Minneapolis, MN and Bec Panyanouvang drink Hennesey whiskey before the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - A girl in a cowboy hat watches women prepare for a traditional dance before the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Women perform a traditional dance during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Women perform a traditional dance during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Women perform a traditional dance during the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Participants sing and dance before the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano -Jennifer Sivilay (L) and daughter, Alina prepare food at their booth before the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram temple celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - A Buddhist statuette sits in a dining area before the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - A Buddhist statuette sits among offerings in a dining area before the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - A vendor girls meat before the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - A vendor girls meat before the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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  • Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Participants look through a vendor's plants before the Songkran Parade of the Wat Thammarattanaram celebrating Laotian New Year in Brousard, LA April 19, 2014.

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