Every year in Paris, thousands of well connected people dressed head-to-toe in white descend upon one (or two) of Paris’ most famous landmarks for what has become the world’s largest flash mob. “Diner en blanc” (translation: dinner in white) started 25 years ago in Paris when a group of friends decided to get together for an impromptu picnic. The leader of the group suggested they all wear white in order to be able to find each other more easily. Over the years, the diner en blanc became an annual tradition, with thousands of friends gathering together, dressed entirely in white, for a spontaneous night out. Membership is available by invitation only, and has grown to over 15,000 people. However, only a very small handful of “heads of tables” know the location in advance. Members gather at various meeting points, oblivious to their final destination until they arrive. There are no permits, no blockades, no security lines, and no prior planning. The members simply show up, set up their tables as quickly as possible, and hope that the police leave them be (and so far, they always have!). The strictest rule of diner en blanc is that all members pack up and leave at midnight, leaving no trash and no trace of their presence. Previous locations have included Notre Dame, Champs-Elysees, Versailles, the Tuileries, Les Invalides, Place des Vosges, and Place de la Concorde. This year featured two locations, one at the Louvre and one at Trocadero.
This year I had the immense pleasure of being a part of the 2013 Paris Diner en Blanc, and it was a night to remember! For those who have not had the chance to attend, I put together a video with clips from throughout the night to give you a taste of what this epic dinner party is like.
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