"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 11,000 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 previous presence. Previous locations have included Notre Dame, 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. For more information, visit dinerenblanc.info/

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