My friends clothed in Ihram. Hajj clothing for men consists two white sheets - one tied around the waist and one draped around the shoulders. The dress represents cleanliness and unity; Ihram is exactly the same for prince and pauper.
Swine flu and the recent flooding offer some logistical challenges for the Saudi Ministry of Hajj this year. This AP article outlines some of the precautions the government is taking.
This is a group shot of most of the Hajj-ers just before the bus arrived. Have a safe trip guys!