What is Le dîner en blanc? According to their website:
At the last minute, the location is given to thousands of friends
and acquaintances who have been patiently waiting to learn the
“Dîneren Blanc's” secret place. Thousand of people, dressed all
in white,and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum,
elegance,and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a
Over the course of an evening, the diners enhance the function
and value of their city's public space by participating in the
unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and refined elegance of the
dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse
backgrounds by a love of beauty and good taste. Le Dîner en
Blanc recalls the elegance and glamour of court society, and
diners engage one another knowing they are taking part in a truly
magical event. There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no
pedestrian traffic, except for the occasional amazed and
astonished looks from passersby at the scene unfolding before
them. And we, as they, wonder whether it's all not a dream...
Born 25 years ago in Paris...
Launched with just a handful of friends by François Pasquier
over 25 years ago, Paris' Dîner en Blanc now assembles nearly
15,000 people each year. The French capital's most prestigious
sites have played host to it: the Pont des Arts, the Eiffel
Tower site, Place Vendôme, the Château de Versailles, the
Esplanade de Notre-Dame, the Esplanade des Invalides, the
periphery of the Place de l'Étoile, the Champs-Élysées, Place
de la Concorde and this year: Le Louvre Pyramid and the
Trocadéro Esplanade at the ame time! The Paris police tend
to tolerate this ‘wild' gathering, if not perhaps even wishing
they could join in!
Enjoy my pictures from this wonderful evening. And many thanks to our hostess of the evening and for our team’s hard work.
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