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Who needs instruments? Video: LSU marching band wows crowd, sings school's alma mater a capella in Tiger Stadium

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- After gathering for warmup and tuning at the Greek Theatre, the trumpet section watches as freshman Austin Bordelon, a freshman from Marksville, takes a traditional penalty for forgetting his flip folder, standing (far right) on the bleachers to sing a silly song (in this case,'I'm a Little Teapot,' while making his best 'handle and spout' gesture) before the band's annual rehearsal march into Tiger Stadium Aug. 18.

. The Golden Band from Tigerland held its annual preseason practice Saturday morning, marching down Victory Hill and into Tiger Stadium. The group's practice ended with a rendition of the LSU alma mater, but the musicians' instruments weren't needed. The band sang the song a capella before the members' families and friends.… Continue reading →

9th Ward club where Fats Domino got his start facing possible demolition

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- In the 1940s, Charles Armstead opened Club Desire. The club became not only a centerpiece of the community but a regular music venue for the likes of Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew and Ray Charles. Over 70 years later, the club's ceiling has collapsed, and the interior is strewn with fallen debris.

When Charlie Armstead built Club Desire in the Upper 9th Ward back in 1948, he was inspired by high-end New Orleans clubs like the Dew Drop Inn in Central City. Both Armstead’s club and its crosstown counterpart were locales where black patrons turned out in their finest suits and dresses to enjoy an evening of music… Continue reading →

Video: Fellow Magazine Street business owner sends out condolences to Jillian Johnson family

Grace Kaynor, owner of Sotre in New Orleans, sends out her condolences to the Lafayette Grand 16 Theatre shooting victim Jillian Johnson's family and understands the difficulty dealing with family members struck by gun violence.

Grace Kaynor, owner of Sotre in New Orleans, sends out her condolences to the Lafayette Grand 16 Theatre shooting victim Jillian Johnson's family and understands the difficulty dealing with family members struck by gun violence. Kaynor's Sotre business sits across Magazine Street from Parish Ink / Red Arrow Gallery, co-owned by Johnson. Kaynor reflects on her… Continue reading →

New Orleans men become first same-sex couple to wed in Louisiana, each thankful for 'making me the man that I am today'

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN MCCUSKER -- Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin are the first same-sex couple to wed in New Orleans since Friday's historic Supreme Court decision.

The legal battle. The delays. The disappointment. It was all behind them Monday afternoon. Before them was the life they’d waited years to claim, the one where Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin could hold hands, gaze into each other’s eyes and promise to love forever. “You are my best friend,” Robinson told Benjamin… Continue reading →

Follow the day for Michael and Earl: First couple in line in New Orleans for same-sex marriage

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin wait in line to get a marriage license Friday morning after the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality was handed down.

New Orleans staff writer Jaquetta White in following Michael Robinson and his partner, Earl, as they're the first couple in line in New Orleans for a same-sex marriage license... Continue reading →

Video: New Orleans Audubon Aquarium welcomes new endangered penguin chick

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER  -- Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is thrilled to announce the successful hatching of an endangered African blackfooted penguin chick named Chickory. Hatched on April 23, 2015, the chick has been nesting with first-time parents, Millicent, front,  and Puddles, in background,  in the penguin exhibit at the Aquarium.

A new baby penguin chick was successfully hatched last month at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, according to a press release. The Aquarium welcomed Chicory, an endangered African blackfooted penquin hatched April 23, 2015. The new chick has been nesting with first-time parents, Millicent and Puddles, in the penguin exhibit at the Aquarium.… Continue reading →

Video: Robert Gale: Twenty-five years of dancing at the Fais Do-Do stage with more than 10,000 women, he says

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Wearing a flower hat Robert Gale dances April 24 at the Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do stage, as he has since 1990.

Wearing his flowered hat, Robert Gale, of Metairie, has danced at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell every year since 1990. Cajun zydeco music is his favorite, and Gale can be found stepping lively almost every sunny day at the Sheraton Fais Do-Do Stage. Gale estimates he has danced with more than 10,000… Continue reading →

Video: Sheriff’s speaks about ambush shooting of St. Charles deputy

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne arrives at the Interim LSU Hospital in the quake of the ambush of one of his deputies in Paradis Thursday, April 16, 2015.

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s deputy who was shot multiple times while directing traffic near an elementary school in Paradis on Thursday has been identified as department veteran Burt Hazeltine. Sheriff Greg Champagne, speaking outside of University Hospital in New Orleans where Hazeltine is being treated, said the shooter is in custody and was captured by deputies… Continue reading →

Environmental groups say ongoing effects of BP oil spill not always visible to the eye, but damage is continuing

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana State Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Louisiana Coastal Campaign David Muth holds a picture of nesting brown Pelicans on Cat Island in Barataria Bay five years ago with the empty mostly eroded island in the background seen today five years after the BP Oil Spill in Plaquemines Parish, La. Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Once a rookery for thousands of birds the island is almost devoid of life and being claimed by erosion.

On a boat ride Tuesday from Myrtle Grove through Barataria Bay to see what remains of the Deepwater Horizon oil almost five years after the April 20, 2010, disaster, it all looks so normal. There are no absorbent booms lining the beach, barely weathered oil is not pooling in the marsh… Continue reading →

Video: Adult Crime, Adult Time

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Derrick Jones Sr., father of Joshua Jones, 17, walks away from the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Tuesday, January 27, 2015, after a court appearance for his son, who is facing an armed robbery charge. 'He's not coming out,' Derrick Jones said, after learning the judge remanded Joshua to jail for failing a drug test. 'I'm done with him.'

Teenagers who are at least 14 can be transferred to adult court, though the process varies according to the defendant’s age. To transfer a 14-year-old child requires the blessing of a Juvenile Court judge, who must conclude the child is not amenable to rehabilitation. But older teens, 15 and 16 years old, can be transferred at the DA’s… Continue reading →

Video: Full version of Matthew McConaughey's emotional New Orleans speech at Film Society gala

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- New Orleans Film Society Patron Party & Gala at the home of Honorary Gala Chairs Sara and Paul Costello. Saturday March 28, 2015. Writer-Director Gary Ross, Honorary Gala Chair Alexa Georges, Actor Matthew McConaughey with his wife/model/designer Camila Alves

Actor and producer Matthew McConaughey spoke Saturday night during the New Orleans Film Society gala at the home of Paul and Sara Costello, in a short speech that summed up his fond feelings about the Crescent City, “home of the shortest hangover on the planet.” See the full video of his speech above. If you're… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal and ... twerking elephants? Special animation shows how governor is trying to dance to White House

Here’s the latest animation from Advocate cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman. In Walt's new song-parody animation, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal tries to sing and dance his way to the White house.… Continue reading →

New Orleans airport TSA agent gives first-hand account of attack at press conference

New Orleans airport aggressor Richard White

Richard White, the Kenner man who was shot after he walked into New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport on Friday night and attacked security agents with a machete and wasp spray, died Saturday afternoon, about two hours after authorities revealed that he had Molotov cocktails with him in the airport and smoke bombs outside in his vehicle.… Continue reading →

Video: St. Joseph’s Altar

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Rev. Emmanuel Mulenga, blesses the cookies, cakes and other foods offered on the alter at St. Augustine Church as Catholics celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph in New Orleans, La. Thursday, March 19, 2015. Church member Beverly Curry sits by the donation basket during the ceremony.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond leads a prayer over St. Joseph’s altar at Rouses Supermarket on Baronne St. Scenes from altars at St. Joseph Church, St. Augustine Church and De La Salle High School can be seen as well.… Continue reading →