2009 Mardi Gras: PHOTOS
Despite the tragic news that five people, including one infant, were shot (all the victims are recovering) near a Mardi Gras parade route, the legendary event is in full swing in New Orleans. The recession seems to have no dampening effect as revelers compete for beads and gawk at the outrageous floats and costumes.
Check out a slideshow of the party below. (Photos courtesy of AP and Getty)