The Dîner en  Blanc (White Dinner) did not disappoint this year, with the Carrousel du Louvre as the top-secret location. Approximately 12,000 people descended on the museum courtyard just before 9:30pm. With the location unannounced until everyone had boarded buses from meeting points all over Paris, it was quite the scene on Rue de Rivoli just outside the Louvre.  Like a step back into time, men and women dressed all in white with fancy accoutrements, carrying picnic tables and chairs and flowed into the courtyard en masse.

The dinner spread from the I.M Pei pyramid into the Tuileries Gardens. Propriety decreased not only with time, but also spatially–with a dance party breaking out in the Tuileries to 21st century music (gasp!) with people dancing on statues. Elsewhere, seven brass bands performed with aplomb and dressed for the occasion. Sparklers were lit in conjunction with the 11pm Eiffel Tower lighting and a song was sung for France’s loss against Mexico in the World Cup. Celebrities and socialites hobnobbed, the young sat juxtaposed against the older generation and at the end of the night, the police smiled and assisted pedestrian crossings. This ain’t no NYPD. Enjoy the images below!


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starred-photos58All photos by Michelle Young & Augustin Pasquet

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17 thoughts on “IN PICTURES: The 2010 Paris Dîner en Blanc at the Louvre and Tuileries Gardens

  1. I came across the “Diner en Blanc” article in the NY Times. It looked like an interesting event. I thought the photos were beautiful and the fact that everyone was dressed in white as well as tables and accessories made this a unique event that all should experience. Where and when will it be in New York?

    1. It’ll be on August 25th! The location is never announced until the last minute to the lead organizers who direct their groups to the event. Sign up at newyork.dinerenblanc.info. The official signups will then open on August 1st at noon to 500 guests (the other 500 will be via invitation). Thanks for reading!

  2. Thanks for the comment James & Eileen! The Diner en Blanc is definitely on again for this June.

  3. The diner en blanc is a wonderful event, and one should look forward and attend if at all possible. My wife and I have enjoyed paris, and France several times, and look forward to returning again. If at all possible, we too would like to enjoy dinner in white in Paris in June.

  4. so jealous that you got to go to this fo reallllz!

    anyway, sorry it took so long to post your coverage….which is great btw! Anyway, its up on the blog now!
    btw–did a a little blogger/blogee (is that a word?) inspecting and am listening to your lovely band. Fab!

    Keep up the fun travel blogging! I mean, what else are we gonna do?

    1. Thanks Leah! And I completely agree–nothing better than a little writing for fun right?

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