9. Mitch Landrieu
Otherwise known as Mr. Mayor around New Orleans. Landrieu was elected in 2010 and 2014, both with the unprecedented support of white and black voters. A champion of economic growth and more effective policing, Landrieu is not without his critics, but still holds a respectable 60% approval rating. He’s also a dad to five kids.
She is the face of morning TV in New Orleans, co-anchoring the morning news on the local CBS affiliate WWL-TV. Having served with the station since 1977 (that’s some loyalty, folks), Roberts made her mark by not just reporting on the community, but becoming part of it.
She is the co-founder of Each One Save One, a nonprofit that recruits and trains mentors for area schools and organizations. She is also a fixture in Mardi Gras parades. In 2012, Roberts made news by donating life-saving bone marrow to her little sister, ABC News’ Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, who was battling myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS.
11. The ghost at Muriel's
... also known as Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan, a turn-of-the-century (19th century, that is) gambling enthusiast who bought the corner lot in what is now known as Jackson Square as the French Quarter was recovering from the massive fire of 1788.
According to the legend posted on Muriel’s restaurant website, Jourdan had hopes of restoring the property to its one-time grandeur, but lost the house in a game of poker in 1814. Instead of leaving his dream house, he committed suicide in the location now known as Muriel’s Séance Lounges.
Staff and patrons have reported seeing a glimmer of light that’s believed to be Jourdan. As a nod to the building’s past, the restaurant always reserves a table for its most well-known ghost. According to Muriel’s: “Those who have seen or felt a presence have never felt threatened and instead we’ve welcomed an old kindred spirit to dine, by always keeping a table reserved for Mr. Jourdan set with bread and wine.”