Participants dressed in white take part in Diner en Blanc, or White Dinner, between Palais Royal and the Louvre Museum backdropped by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Trés Chic: Thousands attend Paris’ dinner in white

More than 13,000 people have turned out in Paris for the 27th edition of “Diner en blanc” (Dinner in white) – a pop-up picnic where attendees dress to the nines entirely in white.

The diners were armed with white tables and chairs, and on Thursday packed out public areas of the Tuileries Garden and the Palais Royal, locations that were made public at the last minute in an event that has become an international phenomenon.

Participants dressed in white wait in a street in central Paris to find out the location of the "Diner en Blanc" ('Dinner in White'), AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET

Participants dressed in white wait in a street in central Paris to find out the location of the “Diner en Blanc” (‘Dinner in White’), AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET



The tradition dates back to an event 26 years ago in Paris at which organisers invited guests to all wear white so they could be easily spotted in a park.

The event’s website describes itself as “thousands 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 public space”.

Attendees undertake to return the area they eat in to its original state, even collecting their own trash and carting it off.



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