[All Photos: Dan McKay/Eater Philly]
About 3,500 people decked in white descended on Broad Street last evening — confirming yesterday's leak — to partake of Philadelphia's third annual Dîner en Blanc. Those lucky enough to attend the pop-up picnic had to deal with a frustrating — hellish might be a more appropriate descriptor — registration process, a citywide white table/chair shortage, and the threat of thunderstorms.
Amongst other objections, the traffic situation created by the unannounced shutdown of several blocks of Broad Street was a common complaint from non-attendees on social media. (Perhaps the Philly PD should've left that traffic alert up after all.) Although:
You'd think Philadelphians would be used to the city shutting down Broad Street for white people in silly costumes doing something stupid.— Dan McQuade (@dhm) August 22, 2014
In the end, tables were found, the weather held out, and, as always, the event did create some memorable photo opportunities — this year set against the picturesque backdrop of City Hall. Here are some of Eater's shots from the evening – for anyone looking to avoid work today, the hashtag #DEBPHL14 has countless others.
— Dan McKay