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Top 10: Wildest Parties Ever

From Roman death-fests to galas for thhe m Roman death fests to galas for the avant garde, these fun-lovers certainly knew how to have a high old time…

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On 13 June 1923, Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Les Noces opened in Paris. Waiting up for the reviews, the cast and crew headed to a barge on the Seine, where famed socialites of the day Gerald and Sara Murphy were hosting the after-party. Joining them that night were songwriter Cole Porter; artist Pablo Picasso (who rearranged the centrepieces); author Jean Cocteau (who ran around shouting that the boat was sinking); poet Tristan Tzara and the composer himself, Stravinsky (who switched the place cards around). Bravo!

Russian cast member Felia Doubrovska in character
ALAMY X3, BRIDGEMAN IMAGES X1, GETTY X3, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS X1, MOVIESTILLS X1, LEBRECHT MUSIC & ARTS X
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