New Orleans resident Annie Gibson parades dressed as Frida Kahlo with Krewe de Mayahuel, a Mardi Gras krewe organized by the Mexican immigrant population in the city.
Thomas "Uptown T" Stewart (left), has been shucking oysters at Pascal's Manale restaurant for more than 30 years, about as long as Paula (middle) and Brent Coussou have been going there.
Brad Pitt talked about his plan to build homes in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, in 2007. Years after the Hurricane Katrina tore through the community, some residents said in a lawsuit that their homes are falling apart.
Restaurant workers dole out chicken fricassee at the "Taste of EatLafayette" festival in the sprawling Cajundome arena in Lafayette, Louisiana. Locals say Bourdain captured the subtleties of their culture and cuisine, even if at times some thought he overemphasized alcohol.
Wendy Vitter, with her husband, David Vitter, after he was reelected to the Senate in 2010 despite being linked to the "D.C. Madam" scandal. Wendy Vitter is now nominated for a judgeship.
For the Bean Madness competition, decisions on this classic dish can turn on preferences set long ago by family tradition, house style and even generational differences.