Rain put a damper on Lafayette Fourth of July festival, but only for a spell as skies cleared and revelers returned

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - Ray Boudreaux performs at Uncle Sam's Jam celebrating Independence Day at Parc International in Lafayette Sat., July 4, 2015.

The inaugural July 4 Uncle Sam’s Jam at Parc International in Lafayette got off to a slow start on Saturday after torrential rainfall drove away the crowd for a spell. But by 5 p.m., the clearing skies and anticipation of the approaching fireworks show brought the Independence Day revelers streaming back.… Continue reading →

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La. performers to sing at national July 4th events

Photo provided by BrandonBennettLive.com -- Brandon Bennett

Three Louisiana natives will be in the spotlight at two national Independence Day celebrations Saturday. Ponchatoula native and Elvis performer Brandon Bennett will play the famous Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. Bennett’s performance will be part of Continue reading →


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Baton Rouge men nearly gave up on finding love, become first same-sex couple to wed in parish

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, Justice of the Peace Moses Evans, Jr., jokes around with newlyweds Ronald Granger and Madison Maddux at Evans' Chapel, Monday, June 29, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Madison Maddux and Ronald Granger had each “given up” a little over three years ago, disappointed by the string of bad relationships that seemed to come standard issue with dating. So after they met in a bar in Memphis, Tennessee, Granger was surprised… Continue reading →



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