Dîner En Blanc Returns To New Orleans Saturday
NEW ORLEANS – Year after year, the breathtaking scene of thousands of white-clad guests descending upon one of the city’s most prestigious public space becomes more extraordinary for guests.
Le Dîner en Blanc – New Orleans will take place on Saturday, May 13 at a secret location from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The first Le Dîner en Blanc – New Orleans was held in 2013 at the Port of New Orleans with around 800 guests. Last year, more than 3,200 eager picnic goers converged onto Plaza of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to participate in this now yearly tradition.
This year, more than 4,200 guests are expected to attend.
At the last minute, the secret location is revealed to thousands of friends who have all been patiently waiting to learn where Le Dîner en Blanc will take place. 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, organizers said.
Over the course of the evening, guests experience the beauty and value of their city's public spaces by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by good taste and a love of beauty. Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamor of high French society, and guests engage one another, knowing that they are taking part in a truly magical event. There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no pedestrian traffic—only amazed and astonished looks from passersby observing the scene before them. And participants, like spectators, wonder whether it's all not a dream…
Launched with just a handful of friends by François Pasquier nearly 30 years ago, Le Dîner en Blanc® de Paris now assembles more than 10,000 guest every year, with a record 15,000 people attending the 25th anniversary in 2013. The French capital's most prestigious sites have played host the event over the years: The Pont des Arts, the Eiffel Tower, Place Vendôme, the Château de Versailles, the Esplanade de Notre-Dame, the Esplanade des Invalides, the periphery of the Place de l'Étoile, the Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Le Louvre Pyramid, Trocadéro Esplanade, and the Palais Royal Garden.