As If The Mysterious City Of Paris Needed Any More Allure!
Tens of thousands of people dressed in white gathered a secret location (this year the Louvre museum), set up miles of tables, food and champagne and dine in high spirits until midnight for the annual Diner en Blanc.
The tradition started quarter of a century ago when a group of ten thrill-seeking friends with a desire to eat dinner at a forbidden spot in Paris, ended up dining as a 200-person flash mob at the Jardins de Bagatelle, the former playground of French royals including Marie Antoinette.
This year, celebrating its twenty-fifth year, thousands of friends who invited friends (who invited friends) learning location of their dinner, (a closely guarded secret kept by organizers) at the very last-minute, gathered at the Louvre museum on June 13th, dressed entirely in white to keep the tradition alive!
At midnight, after dining and dancing, they packed up their dishes, stowed their empty Champagne bottles in trash bags brought for that purpose, stooped to pick up their cigarette butts from the cobbles and departed. The landmarks were left immaculate, with no traces of the revelry of the previous three hours.
Here are some magical glimpses from the event!