Mass picnic takes over Paris’ famous Champs-Elysees

Around 4,000 people gathered on the Champs-Élysées, the most renowned street in Paris, to enjoy a delightful outdoor meal on Sunday. The sun shone brightly as the street transformed into a colossal picnic blanket, creating a vibrant and festive atmosphere.

A fortunate group of picnickers were chosen through a random drawing and received complimentary baskets filled with delectable treats from renowned Parisian chefs. The baskets included an assortment of mouth-watering puff pastries and inventive sandwiches.

The food was cooked in eight temporary kitchens that were set up along the avenue. These kitchens were provided by restaurants located on the avenue, including the renowned Fouquet’s and even McDonald’s.

The event took place on a massive tablecloth stretching 216 meters (236 yards) from the Arc de Triomphe to the intersection of Avenue George V. This unique setting served as the seating area for the gathering, which coincided with the two-month countdown to the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Paris.

According to organizers, the tablecloth, which was made in France from 100% recycled fibers, had a total surface area of 4,212 square meters (45,338 square feet).

Mayor Anne Hidalgo paid a visit to the picnickers as well. The Champs-Élysées Committee has organized various open-air events in the past, such as a massive movie screening and the world’s largest dictation event.

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