Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Diner en Blanc: A pop-up dinner for 1,300

The "secret" dinner, for which attendees wear white and tote their tables, chairs, and food, takes over Logan Circle.

Diner en Blanc: A pop-up dinner for 1,300

Thirteen hundred spirited folks showed up at Logan Circle Thursday night for Philadelphia's first outing of Dîner en Blanc, which you might regard as a combination flash mob and pop-up picnic, intended to provide a midsummer night's communal experience.

Everyone wears white and totes his/her own tables, chairs, and food to the gathering spot. About 6:30 p.m., people were escorted to Logan Circle for the evening.

A fun-loving Parisian launched the first Dîner en Blanc in 1988 with just a handful of friends, and it's been held in a dozen cities around the world.

This event cost $59 a couple, which volunteer organizers said paid for permits and entertainment.

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As the night wore on, many attendees ended up in the Logan Circle fountain, as The Inquirer's Inga Saffron observed with her cell camera.

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