We met up with Scott and James and waited for my mother's float to pass, and it did and she threw us beads, just like every year. Luckily we stayed near the beginning of the route, on St. Charles and Girod where there's a nice sushi bar where I got 20 bucks of unagi and a coke. The traffic was actually very light compared to the usual, and the crowds were much less of a problem. Of course there are still 95% tourists in frat-boy attire with fat girlfriends in tow, wearing plastic tittie things and plastic marijuana necklaces and the same idiot jester hats that everyone else is buying off of the vendors. Met up with her post-parade and went to Copelands. I ordered a sazerac to taste it; not my type of drink. We didn't stay for Endymion; My friends did so they could get some tittie pictures. I went to the bar(s) both nights and met old friends and drank. And had a good time. I'm going to try to find the time to come down more often (I haven't been since 1/3), because I have so much fun every time. Good luck with that endeavor, though.