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Election 2014: A Walt Handelsman animation for Oct. 29, 2014

Watch out for those negative campaign ads, Walt Handelsman says. Continue reading →

Scenes from Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show

The Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show, Oct. 25-26, 2014, in Convent featured cooking competitions, music, a pig roast, more than 30 food choices, more than 125 arts and crafts vendors, pony rides, face painting, tours of the historic mansion and lots more. Video shows scenes from Day 1.… Continue reading →

Video: B-29 World War II display at Lakefront Airport

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A B-29 ‘Superfortress’ is on display at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans as part of the attractions of the World War II Airpower Expo that begins on Friday and runs through Sunday.… Continue reading →

Long-standing second-line tradition uniquely New Orleans

Organizations have been marching behind brass bands in New Orleans since the 1840s. 170 years later, these processions, often referred to today as “second-lines,” can be found on the streets on most Sundays from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Videographer Caitlin McNally caught up with the second-lines of today and filed this report.… Continue reading →

Street Performer Series: Mime Uncle Louie

Uncle Louie, a street performer in New Orleans, performs with a tourist.Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn.

Uncle Louie is a full-time mime who can be found on Royal Street and near the Natchez Riverboat. He has been performing for over 21 years and believes the hardest part about street performing is making admirers happy. If there was one message Uncle Louie could share with the world, it would be simply, “love.”… Continue reading →

Tanker truck fire claims life in New Orleans

fatal accident and fire involving a tanker truck early Friday was caused by a woman driving the wrong way as she crossed North Claiborne Avenue near Franklin Avenue about 2:30 a.m., authorities said.… Continue reading →

Video: 130th Anniversary YMO Parade

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Braving the rain, Gregg Stafford of the Young Men Olympian Jr. Benevolent Association first division chomps on a big cigar while dancing to the music of the New Birth Brass Band. The oldest second line group, the Young Men Olympian Jr. Benevolent Association, Inc., had its 130th anniversary parade through the streets of Central City and Uptown New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. The parade featured five divisions with several brass bands including Da Truth Brass Band, the Stooges, TBC (To Be Continued), the Hot 8, and New Birth Brass Bands.

Braving the rain, members of the Young Men Olympian Jr., Benevolent Association parade through the streets of Central City and Uptown New Orleans on Sunday, celebrating the group's 130th anniversary. The parade featured five divisions with several brass bands.… Continue reading →

Travel Trouble: A Walt Handelsman animation

Mary Landrieu is on the move in Walt Handelsman’s new animation.… Continue reading →

LSU grad student develops artificial limbs for horses

Nike Hansen’s doctoral research at LSU aims to create the first successful prosthetic legs for horses — artificial limbs implanted into the horses’ bones that can support a 1,000-pound animal and up to 4,000 pounds of force.… Continue reading →

Tiger Band, Golden Girls wow crowds in Tiger Stadium

LSU’s Golden Band from Tigerland and the university’s dance team The Golden Girls entertained fans in Deaf Valley Saturday night during the LSU-UL-Monroe football game.… Continue reading →

Tulane’s Yulman Stadium fills for first time

Tulane’s new football stadium filled for the first time recently, and The New Orleans Advocate has time-lapse video of the event.… Continue reading →

Video: ‘Without the Eye of the Tiger,’ it wouldn’t really be Tiger Stadium

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Eric Fasbender, LSU Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities & Grounds, sprays gold paint as he and his crew of staff and student workers paint the Eye of the Tiger, in preparation for Saturday's Tiger Stadium home opener, which pits LSU against Sam Houston State. The 90-year-old stadium's new south end zone expansion and scoreboards loom behind him. The grass gets a special water-based paint that has optimized amounts of binding agents and solids, for adherence and color, but also to allow as much light as possible to pass to the plant, allowing the photosynthesis that keeps the grass alive. His crew battled intermittent rain showers Thursday as they painted the Eye, all the numbers, hash marks and SEC logo. Tiger Stadium is unique in that it paints numbers in five yard increments, not the usual 10, he said. 'But without the Eye of the Tiger,' it wouldn't really be Tiger Stadium,' he said.

Eric Fasbender, LSU assistant director of athletic facilities and grounds, and his crew of staff and student workers paint the Eye of the Tiger, in preparation for Saturday’s Tiger Stadium home opener, which pits LSU against Sam Houston State. The grass gets a special water-based paint that has optimized amounts of binding agents and solids, for adherence and… Continue reading →

Saints owner Benson honored with statue at Superdome

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--A statute of New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson holding the Vince Lombardi trophy for Super Bowl XLIV where the Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts is seen after an unveiling ceremony in Champions Square by the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

Tom Benson was moved to tears. Benson, the owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, was honored Tuesday with a statue of himself on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s grand staircase, overlooking Champions Square. The statue is of Benson in a suit smiling and holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy aloft after the Saints won the Super Bowl… Continue reading →

Video: Get ready for ‘Pregame’ in Tiger Stadium

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Video by Moe Athmann, Command Cam Productions The LSU Tigers will play their first home football game against Sam Houston State University on Saturday, Sept. 6. Here’s a video from the LSU Tiger Marching Band’s videographer, Moe Athmann, to get fans revved up before the band steps on the field to play “Pregame.”… Continue reading →

Video: Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban discuss American Idol

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Contestants for the FOX show American Idol wave as Harry Connick, Jr. arrives on the Smokey Mary float from Connick's Mardi Gras Krewe of Orpheus at the New Orleans Convention Center for tryouts for the show in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban discuss judging contestants on American Idol after arriving at the New Orleans Convention Center. Connick arrived on the Smokey Mary float from his own Carnival Krewe of Orpheus.… Continue reading →

Video: The Spirit of 45

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Auston O'Neill plays taps on the USS Kidd Tuesday during a stop in Baton Rouge with  his wife Bonnie as they tour the country in a National Spirit of '45 Unity Tour bus to bring attention to veterans and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in 2015.

The Express is part of the National Spirit of ‘45 Unity Tour and organizers Auston and Bonnie O’Neill are on a mission to raise public awareness about the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII next year. The anniversary will be celebrated August 14, 2015. The event was hosted by the USS Kidd.… Continue reading →

McAllister takes ice bucket challenge R

Rep. Vance McAllister took the ALS ice bucket challenge and made a challenge of his own -- for fellow elected officials to take part in the event.… Continue reading →

Ready for Blast-off!: A Walt Handelsman animation

Here is the latest from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman.… Continue reading →

Neighbor renders aid to shooting victim

Troy Blazio talks about helping his 4-year-old-neighbor, who was shot in Sunday’s mass shooting in which two died among seven who were shot. The boy remains in critical condition… Continue reading →

Malcolm Scott discusses life for the homeless in New Orleans

Former LSU and NFL tight end Malcolm Scott expounds on the plight of the homeless in New Orleans, particularly those living underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass.… Continue reading →

Video: Being LGBT in Louisiana

Joe Traigle and Carey Long. Photo provided by Joe Traigle

Joe Traigle, a prominent businessman and former Louisiana Secretary of Revenue, shares his experiences of being gay in Louisiana. He also discusses tolerance, and how religion is sometimes used to divide instead of unite. Traigle believes that conversation and leadership is needed to bring about a better future for all in Louisiana.… Continue reading →

Video: Payton looks for positives in rainy practice

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton leaves the field after beating the St. Louis Rams 26-24 in a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Saints coach Sean Payton, who usually takes a no-nonsense look all things involving his team, looked for the positive in the team's sloppy practice in the rain. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Southern road fixed

Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered the Department of Transportation and Development to begin emergency repairs on a damaged road July 17, 2014, at the intersection of E.C. Harrison Drive and Roosevelt Steptoe Avenue on Southern University’s campus. The road was opened today for travel.… Continue reading →

Down the Road: Just off urban doorsteps, Lafitte is a dive into wild Louisiana

Photo by Ian McNulty - Sweeping vistas of marsh and wetland reward visitors who make it to the end of the trail at the Barataria Preserve, part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park.

If it’s true that nature abhors a vacuum, then it doesn’t seem to have much use for straight lines either, at least not in the alluvial sprawl of southeast Louisiana. This became increasingly clear the more I explored the area centered on the town of Jean Lafitte, where the natural patterns all seem entangled and entwined, sinuous and… Continue reading →

Driving Grand Isle

The Advocate’s outdoors sportswriter Joe Macaluso and photo editor John Ballance were in Grand Isle for the annual Tarpon Rodeo. While there, they took a driving tour of the island.… Continue reading →

Analysis from Saints opening press conferences

Advocate sportswriters Scott Rabalais, Ramon Antonio Vargas and Nick Underhill go over the highlights from the opening press conferences from Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis.… Continue reading →

Jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos to be honored at Satchmo SummerFest

New Orleans jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos poses for a photograph in front of his home that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina Thursday, July 17, 2008 in New Orleans. Ferbos, who died this month, was the oldest actively working jazz musician in New Orleans.  (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Lionel Ferbos, the city’s oldest jazz musician who died this month at 103, will be honored at Satchmo SummerFest, which runs Friday to Sunday. The festival will note the trumpeter’s death with photo tributes at outside stages and inside the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. Musician Leroy Jones will pay tribute to Ferbos… Continue reading →

Video: Macaluso, Georges talk tarpon rodeo

Advocate outdoors writer Joe Macaluso talks with Publisher John Georges about the 2014 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

Advocate outdoors writer Joe Macaluso talks to John Georges at the 2014 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. Georges, Advocate owner and publisher, is this year’s Admiral of the Fleet for the rodeo.… Continue reading →

Everything ready to go for Saints at Greenbrier

When Tripp Fayard heard the Saints were considering holding 2014 training camp at a West Virginia resort rather than their own Metairie facility, his initial reaction was less than positive. Fayard is the transportation and account manager for John Fayard Moving and Warehousing, which became the Saints’ official moving company in April 2013. As coordinator of the… Continue reading →

Brawl that left teen’s jaw broken points to hard-to-shake culture at now-closed Jetson

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As his mother Natalie Edwards watches, left, Kianta Edwards talks about his jaw injury. In January, Kianta Edwards, then an inmate at Jetson Center for Youth in Baker, was herded into a shower room along with the rest of his dorm. It was there that he was punched in the face so hard his jaw was practically shattered. Since then, he's undergone three surgeries. Between the first and the second, he was transferred from Jetson to Swanson in Monroe, four hours away from his family. He got out July 7.

The dispute spawned over some stolen candy. Because no one would admit to the misdeed, all the boys inside one of the dormitories at Jetson Center for Youth near Baker crowded into a bathroom. It was the only Continue reading →