Clinton celebrates Mardi Gras season with 15th annual parade

Folks in Clinton celebrated the Mardi Gras season with their 15th annual Family and Friends Parade on Saturday, Jan. 25.

  NYX to honor Nancy Parker with new playground and signature throw

Mickey Smith Jr. wins GRAMMY Museum’s Music Educator Award

  Lion dance entertains Baton Rouge students ahead of Chinese New Year

2nd Annual Gumbo Run scheduled for Feb. 1

Bacchus and Orpheus to parade down shorter routes this Mardi Gras

La. officials gather at the White House to discuss Opportunity Zones

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  Daycare surprises soldier returning from Middle East as he picks up his 5-year-old daughter

  Money from ‘big’ fundraisers moving too slow; wildlife carers in desperate need of supplies

Former BREC commissioner to be inducted into Parks and Rec. Hall of Fame

  Dixie Brewing Company re-opens doors for the first time since Pre-Katrina

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Mushroom Maggie’s Farm

  Member of Central Park Five celebrates MLK Day at LSU

  Iberville Parish’s youngest council member attends first meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 21 was a big day for a young trailblazer in Iberville Parish. The youngest council member in the history of the parish attended his first meeting.

LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips to sign autographs at Dick’s Sporting Goods Wednesday

To celebrate LSU’s recent national championship win over Clemson, linebacker Jacob Phillips will be signing autographs for fans Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Mayor’s free Fitness Stroll now rescheduled after being canceled due to severe weather

The mayor’s community-wide, free Fitness Stroll event, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 11, but was canceled due to severe weather, has now been rescheduled.

VIDEO: Audubon Zoo welcomes two new lion cubs

The Audubon Zoo welcomed two cute lion clubs this week. They were born on Saturday (Jan. 11).

  LSU holds events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week

  BlueCross BlueShield volunteers pack 40,000 meals for MLK Day

  Thousands volunteer by picking up trash, painting murals for MLK Walls Project

  Special MLK Day ceremony held at OLOL

  Spanish Town flamingos land at University Lake

  NAACP hosts peace march to honor lives lost to violence

  Volunteers get their hands dirty during MLK service event with Front Yard Bikes

Volunteers were getting their hands dirty over at Front Yard Bikes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

  Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with acts of service

Instead of taking a day off, in honor of a civil rights icon, many people around the Baton Rouge area are celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with acts of services.

  Louisana Marathon runners finish strong

Thousands of runners will participate in the Louisiana Marathon, which will be held Friday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 19.

  WATCH: Heartwarming proposal at Louisiana Marathon finish line captured on video

For Morgan Pittman, 27, crossing the finish line at the Louisiana Marathon was made even more special when her boyfriend, Chase Poche’, dropped down on one knee and proposed to her.

  LSU Tiger fans celebrate championship win with parade

There was not a dull moment as Tiger fans celebrated the team’s College Football Playoff National Championship win at a parade held Saturday, Jan. 18.

  LSU Tigers celebrate national championship win with parade, fanfare

The LSU football team celebrated with the Baton Rouge community with a parade and much fanfare after the team’s national championship game win.

  Volunteers, community leaders come together for annual Walls Project for MLK Day

A part of north Baton Rouge is getting a little makeover thanks to some hardworking volunteers.

  Kangaroo yoga held in Baton Rouge to support Australia wildfire relief effort

On Friday, Jan. 17, people got the chance to take part in yoga with baby kangaroos.

Win a coveted life-size Coach O cutout by telling Raising Cane’s why you love the Tigers

In his latest post, Graves says he’ll be giving out three cutouts.

  BBB: Be wary of scams while donating after fires in Australia

CBS News is reporting that nearly 28 million acres have burned because of bush fires across Australia; that covers an area almost the size of Louisiana.

  LSU fans in Baton Rouge get their picture taken with national championship trophy

Lots of LSU fans in Baton Rouge took advantage of a photo opp with the national championship trophy.

  Ascension Parish crews focus on cleaning up trash, asking for your help

When public works crews in Ascension Parish are not cutting grass along the roads, they will now be picking up trash.

The Who, Stevie Nicks, Lizzo among the 2020 Jazz Festival line up

Nearly 500,000 celebrated the 50th anniversary of the festival last year.

Lyft donating to Carley McCord scholarship fund for every ride taken during LSU championship parade

In honor of Carley McCord, the sports journalist who was killed in a small plane crash in Lafayette on Dec. 28, 2019 while on the way to the Peach Bowl, Lyft is donating to a scholarship fund created after her death for every ride taken during LSU’s championship victory parade.

New Roads to hold special parade for LSU’s Patrick Queen

LSU linebacker Patrick Queen will receive a key to the city in a special ceremony in New Roads on Sunday, Jan. 19.

Disney classics returning to big screen at Movie Tavern

Four of Disney's classic and most iconic movies are returning to the big screen

Hammond brewery offering free service industry sign language classes

The folks at Gnar Bar are doing more than just brewing up delicious booze, they’re offering sign language classes for service industry professionals.

  Baton Rouge civil rights activist Betty Claiborne laid to rest

Betty Claiborne, and four others, were arrested in 1963 for trying to integrate a public swimming pool in Baton Rouge.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Krewe of Apollo’s costumes are larger than life

One Baton Rouge carnival krewe literally takes its costumes to new heights every year. The Mystic Krewe of Apollo’s annual Bal Masque is known for larger than life creations that bounce down the runway.

9-year-old LSU superfan from Alabama witnesses national championship win

A young LSU superfan from Alabama got to enjoy the sights and sounds of LSU’s historic national championship in New Orleans.

Celebrities attend CFP National Championship game

Several notable figures attended the College Football Playoff National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

  John Bel Edwards sworn in for second term as Louisiana governor

John Bel Edwards was sworn in for a second term as Louisiana governor on Monday, Jan. 13.

Date set for 4th Ebb & Flow Festival in Baton Rouge

The festival will be held in downtown Baton Rouge and is free and open to the public.

Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge Bar Association host national moot court tournament

Southern University will be the first law school stemming from a historically black college or university to host the national tournament.

  ‘Do it for Carley’ bracelets, t-shirts handed out in memory of Carley McCord

LSU fans are remembering beloved sports reporter Carley McCord ahead of the game against Clemson.

Zachary woman honors five soldiers by treating them to meal at Raising Cane’s

Five soldiers were treated to a meal at a Raising Cane’s location in Zachary after stumbling in while wearing their uniform, a popular Facebook post says.

Amite Mayor Buddy Bel passes away

His death was confirmed by Amite’s fire chief Bruce Cutrer.

Is the sky glowing purple a sign that LSU is fated to win championship game? Some think so

As severe weather rolled through Livingston Parish Saturday morning, some were left wondering if the sky taking on a purple color could be a sign that LSU will win over Clemson in the upcoming championship game.

  Kelly Orgeron joined by LSU, Clemson fans volunteering at food bank ahead of game

LSU and Clemson fans came together in New Orleans for a good cause. Fans from both teams worked together to package about nine thousand pounds of rice.

  LSU alum ’Greedy’ Williams helps kick off National Championship weekend

- Former LSU football player and current cornerback for the Cleveland browns, Andraez “Greedy” Williams, helped kick off National Championship weekend Saturday, Jan. 11, by signing more than 200 autographs at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

  Academy donates cooking equipment, LSU gear to BRFD ahead of championship game

A Baton Rouge area business is saying thank you to local firefighters and first responders.

  Baton Rouge bakeries cranking out purple and gold treats for National Championship

If you’ve already got your purple and gold Tigers outfit all set, you probably also need to make sure you’ve got all the baked goods to support the Tigers.

  Baton Rouge Green celebrates Arbor Day with tree-planting at main library

The Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard now has a pop of color outside, thanks to Baton Rouge Green.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Mardi Gras only gets bigger as more parades develop

One of the best things about Louisiana is Mardi Gras. Some see the parades as a final hoo-rah before Lent, and others see it as another chance to celebrate one another.

  Debate erupts at metro council over proposed tire shredder, businesses wanting to leave St. George

Two standout items on the agenda included businesses on Essen Lane petitioning to be annexed into Baton Rouge, and the highly contested location of a tire shredder that could potentially service the entire state from East Baton Rouge Parish.

Two finalists selected to present proposals for LSU lakes restoration project

Two project advisor finalists have been selected to deliver presentations to the University Lakes Project evaluation team.

Baton Rouge zoo accepting nominations for baby giraffe names

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is accepting nominations for the name of the first reticulated giraffe calf successfully born in Baton Rouge since 2001.

Cpl. Betty Dunn Smothers remembered nearly three decades after her death

A senseless shooting in 1993 robbed the Baton Rouge community of a beloved corporal, and six children of their mother. Betty Dunn Smothers, 36, was killed while moonlighting off-duty as an escort for a grocery store manager hoping to make a night deposit at a bank.

King Cake Snob kicks off 5th annual competition for best king cake

King Cake Snob has announced its 5th annual king cake ranking competition to kick off Carnival season.

Kripsy Kreme in Baton Rouge projected to reopen in March

Donut lovers in the capital city rejoice, the Krispy Creme location on Plank Road is set to reopen in March of 2020.

  Mid City Gras announces grand marshal for 2020 parade

Monday night (Jan. 6), the Carnival season kicked off in Baton Rouge.

  Mardi Gras stores ready for shoppers after making early preps

If the pallets of beads and an endless supply of specialty items inside Parties Start Here didn’t give it away, it’s officially Carnival season.

  It’s Carnival y’all, and that means 7 weeks of festivities

It's King's Day, the official start of the Carnival season

  Central family taking donations for those affected by fire on Sparkle Drive

The fire that ravaged John Lemoine’s home on Sparkle Drive in Central and the two apartments behind it did not leave much behind except rain soaked, charred debris of what used to be called a home.

Bridge Center, Capital Area Human Services to host meeting to update public on available mental health, opioid services

The Capital Area Behavioral Health Collaborative is hosting a meeting Thursday, Jan. 9 to give the community information about mental health and opioid services available in the region, as well as information on the Bridge Center for Hope.

Top baby names of the decade in Baton Rouge

The most popular baby names of the decade at Baton Rouge General’s Birth Center were Aiden and Riley, the hospital says. More than 8,300 babies were delivered ta BRG during the last decade.

  Somebody said you’re not supposed to eat king cake until Jan. 6

King cake is not a year-round pastry, allegedly.

  Human Jukebox performance listed as one of Rose Parade’s Top 5 moments

A local Pasadena news outlet listed Southern University’s Human Jukebox as one of the Rose Parade’s top five moments.

  Rosary service to be held at St. Michael gym in honor of Carley McCord

A rosary service will be held for St. Michael High School graduate Carley McCord.

  DASH diet ranks among best for healthy eating in 2020

Recent studies show that blood pressure can be lowered by following the DASH eating plan.

Will you conquer your New Year’s resolution or let it go?

45% of Americans make a resolution; and Creditdonkey.com says only 8% of those will stick with it all year long

  Vigils, memorials, services planned for victims of deadly Lafayette plane crash

There are a number of vigils and fundraisers planned for the five victims of the plane crash in Lafayette. There are also some events planned along for the survivors who were severely injured.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Tin Roof Brewing Co. thriving in Baton Rouge

For craft beer fans in the Capital City, there’s a brewery between downtown and LSU that has been getting a ton of buzz locally and nationally.

  WATCH: SU’s Human Jukebox performs at 2020 Rose Parade

The Human Jukebox performed at the Rose Parade in 2020.

BRPD offering concealed handgun permit class Jan. 11

The Baton Rouge Police Department is offering a concealed handgun permit class on Jan. 11.

Get a free Chick-fil-A entrée Jan. 2-11

Chick-fil-A restaurants in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, and Gonzales are offering a free entrée to those who create or log in to their Chick-fil-A One account between Thursday, Jan. 2 and Saturday, Jan. 11.

Laine Hardy to perform national anthem at Saints-Vikings playoff game

American Idol Laine Hardy is expected to perform the national anthem ahead of the Saints taking on the Vikings Sunday, Jan. 5.

  Baton Rouge rang in 2020 with annual Red Stick Revelry

Another year has come and gone.