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It’s a party in white as Dîner en Blanc sets up outside City Hall

August 17, 2018 GMT

By Staff

Thousands of guests decked out in a head-to-toe ensemble of all white gathered in Center City for Philadelphia’s annual Dîner en Blanc on Thursday evening. The location for this year’s posh picnic — which, per usual, was not revealed until the day of the event — was Dilworth Park, allowing guests to gaze up at Billy Penn while dining al fresco. Marking the 30th anniversary of the international affair, Philly’s Dîner en Blanc often draws as many as 30,000 people to register in a lottery ticketing system. (Those who’ve attended the exclusive party in years past get to skip the waiting list.) This year, 5,500 seats were available, creating the largest Dîner en Blanc the city has ever held. In tradition, guests who managed to land one of the $51 tickets were required to bring their own white chairs, tables, and tablecloths. Many also brought a picnic basket full of food, while others had a purchased three-course meal from Feast Your Eyes Catering. The made-for-Instagram event is expected to return next fall. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer A table waves its napkins signaling everyone can begin to eat at the 7th annual Diner en Blanc at Dilworth Plaza and outside the Municipal Services Building on August 16, 2018.

CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer The 7th annual Diner en Blanc at Dilworth Plaza and outside the Municipal Services Building on August 16, 2018.

CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer People arrive and get set up for the 7th annual Diner en Blanc at Dilworth Plaza and outside the Municipal Services Building on August 16, 2018.

CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer A man fans himself at the 7th annual Diner en Blanc at Dilworth Plaza and outside the Municipal Services Building on August 16, 2018.

CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer People arrive with their tables and picnic meals for the 7th annual Diner en Blanc at Dilworth Plaza and outside the Municipal Services Building on August 16, 2018.

CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer Shawn Karagjozi was one of the skateboarders hired to perform at the 7th annual Diner en Blanc at Dilworth Plaza and outside the Municipal Services Building on August 16, 2018.

CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer Lisa Lusby’s hat is silhouetted against the sky at the 7th annual Diner en Blanc at Dilworth Plaza and outside the Municipal Services Building on August 16, 2018.

CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer The 7th annual Diner en Blanc at Dilworth Plaza and outside the Municipal Services Building on August 16, 2018. All white attire is required for the event.

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