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White Dinner celebrated in Paris

Thousands dined in the shadow of the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris for the 25th edition of the Diner En Blanc, the Daily Mail reports.

Thousands of foodies dressed from head to toe in sparkling white converged on Paris on Thursday, June 13, to drink champagne and eat fine foods together as the annual Diner en Blanc celebrated its 25th birthday.

Diners, who had signed up for the event were kept in the dark as to the location of the giant dinner party right up until the last minute, but were told to make their way to either the Trocadéro or the grounds of the Louvre via email earlier in the evening.

Within the hour, row upon row of picnic tables - complete with white table cloths - were set up, wine was uncorked and revelers began sharing food at the spectacular event.

Guests enjoyed their dinner against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower and the city's most iconic museum until midnight, when they packed up their stuff and left.

The tradition began in 1988 when a group of ten friends decided they wanted to eat at a forbidden spot in the French capital.

But they ended up dining as a 200 strong flash mob at the Jardins de Bagatelle, a favorite spot of French royalty including Marie Antoinette.

Since then the event has gone global with versions of the dinner taking place in European cities such as Milan and Barcelona and much further afield in more than a dozen locations in the US, Canada, Singapore and even Rwanda and the Ivory Coast.

But the Paris version remains the tradition's definitive one. Each year the guest list exceeds 15,000 say organizers and past dinners have taken place at such illustrious settings as the Pont des Arts, the grounds of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles.

Those on the guest list will have either attended the previous year's event or been invited by someone who did.

Everyone who is invited must bring a guest and arrive by public transport.

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