Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Kathleen Freeman watches as LeAnne Cantrell sets their table as they and an estimated 2,000 people come to celebrate Diner en Blanc in Spanish Plaza in New Orleans, La. Saturday, May 9, 2015. Launched in Paris in 1988 by Francois Pasquier and a handful of friends, Diner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Diner en Blanc - Paris now attracts nearly 15,000 people each year. What was a "friends and word-of-mouth only" event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on five continents. In New Orleans Picnickers pay a $45 admission fee, which covers location fees, guest transportation to and from the secret location, live entertainment including local bands and artists, photo booth, and much more. Participants are expected to wear white to the event.