Live updates: See photos, more from New Orleans' biggest parades this weekend _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Riders toss beads and trinkets Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, as the Mystic Krewe of Hermes rolls on the Uptown route to Shakespeare's 'The Tempest.' Some 731 male riders on 29 floats tossed plush lightning bolts and flying H's, lighted medallions and bracelets, and doubloons in six colors.

The weekend before Mardi Gras Day always brings out the biggest parades in New Orleans.

If you can't make it out to catch the action, follow along with us below as we capture some of the best photos and sights.

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