Founded in 1969, the Society of Saint Anne is one known for marching on Mardi Gras day in elaborate and beautiful costumes to the Storyville Stompers brass band. If you get the chance to talk to a member as they stroll through the Bywater, Marigny and French Quarter, they will often tell you that they have been planning and working on their costume since last year’s parade. And once you see all the intricacies up close, you’ll believe them. One of the best things about this parade is that it’s very laissez faire. There’s really no set parade schedule or route but you can catch the parade around Mimi’s at 10 a.m. or at the R Bar a little later in the day. You also don’t have to sign up to walk in their parade. All they want is you, in a costume, ready to have a good time. If that doesn’t embody New Orleans, I’m not really sure what does.