The Societe de Sainte Anne is known for its spectacular handmade costumes, shimmering hula hoops adorned with flowing ribbons, and spirited march through the streets of New Orleans.
Founded over half a century ago, the costume club draws its name and inspiration from a mysterious 19th-century tomb that its members stumbled upon in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, a historic cemetery in New Orleans. The club aims to capture the spirit of informal 19th-century foot processions that predate the organized float parades commonly associated with Mardi Gras, paying homage to the roots of Carnival in New Orleans.
To witness this captivating marching group, pick a spot along Royal Street at Franklin Avenue or Kerlerec Street, and follow along as it heads into the Vieux Carre.