I am sooooo jealous you are going to New Orleans next week. My trip there for Mardi Gras last year was amazing. I have compiled a must do list for your trip.
Craw fish are amazing and weirdly spicy
Cafe du Monde- Order the beignets and coffee
Get a hurricane to drink on Burbon street
Catch Mardi Gras beads
Check out one of the many above ground cemetaries
I drove through Ward 9 to see the damage from Katrina
Additional must dos.......
go to a voodoo shop
listen to a zydeco band
go to a drive thru daiquiri stand
hang out on magazine street
say hi to Ian and Nicole for me
Have so much fun!