My brother had a conference scheduled there, so we drove down to meet up with him and his wife. We had a great time! Saturday night they had an "adult" parade; the theme was "Stimulus Package" and the entire thing was a political satire on our current economic status. It was hilarious! I'm posting some of the pics, but I'm afraid a few from the parade would probably break some rules if posted.
Here's a link that has a fun video of a good majority of the parade: Krewe du Vieux 2009: What did you think? - Mardi Gras New Orleans | Parade News, Party Pictures, Videos & more - NOLA.com
The food was awesome (unfortunately I did not get pics of the incredible bread pudding we had, but I did get some pics of beans/rice and fried oyster poboys). We saw a lot of crazy things and met a lot of crazy people and had a great time!