The Orange Order has been meeting with representatives from most of Northern Ireland's 26 local councils.
They met in Belfast to discuss ways of working more closely on issues such as parades and to try and make people more aware about what the Order does.
"It's an opportunity for us to take our message to the ground as it where," the order's David Scott said.
"There's a perception and there are some fears out there as to who we are and what we represent."
Mr Scott said Wednesday's meeting was a chance to address those fears.
He said the Orange Order wanted to "ensure there are better relations throughout Northern Ireland and there's a better level of understanding as to what Orangeism is really all about".