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August 11, 2014 at 10:19 AM

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Diner en Blanc


MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Participants in Seattle's annual Diner en Blanc raise sparklers to mark the end of the pop-up, flash-mob-style dinner gathering on the waterfront at Piers 62/63 on Saturday. The tradition began in the 1980s with a small group of friends in Paris and has since inspired a global phenomenon. When a young man wanted to have an intimate dinner with his closest friends, he instructed them to bring all the necessary items for a dinner and to wear white from head to toe so they could easily recognize each other among the Paris crowds. Thousands around the world now participate.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

As part of the tradition, Sean Currens, center, join hundreds participants as they wave their white napkins in the air to mark the beginning of the annual Diner en Blanc, after finish setting up tables and chairs and after the food is served, on the boardwalks of Piers 62/63, in Seattle.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Kristen Lozano, center, sketches on a plexi-glass board alongside participants of the annual Diner en Blanc, on the boardwalks of Piers 62/63. The plexi-glass board, titled, "Green Room," is installed at the event by the artist, Petra Franklin who is also attending the Diner en Blanc.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Dessert is served, sometimes in ornate boxes, at the annual Diner en Blanc, after finish setting up tables and chairs and after the food is served, on the boardwalks of Piers 62/63.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Mary Clipsham, wears custom made hats by Paul Verano, which also illuminates in the dark, at the annual Diner en Blanc.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

As a tradition after the sun sets, participants of the annual Diner en Blanc, light up sparklers and hold it up in the air, to mark the end of the the flash mob styled dinner event, Piers 62/63.

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