Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen threw a fabulous party on his superyacht during the Cannes Film Festival

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Allen’s “Octopus” is just one of his megayachts.
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It may still be spring, but for A-List attendees at the star-studded Cannes Film Festival in France, last night was actually a midsummer night’s dream.

Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and current-day philanthropist, is a regular at the Cannes Film Festival. One of the most hotly anticipated parties each year is the exclusive yacht party he holds on his 414-foot superyacht, “Octopus”. Each year has a different elaborate theme: last year, it was Bollywood. This time, it was a riff on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of romantic errors.

Lucky guests reportedly included Mick Jagger, Mischa Barton, and Chloe Sevigny, who got to spend the evening sipping champagne aboard Octopus. They were even treated to a live rendition of a Led Zeppelin song that was performed by Allen himself.

Step inside the enchanted garden, below.


The Port de Cannes — seen here from above — is packed with superyachts this week, but Allen’s Octopus is one of the world’s largest and most recognizable boats.


It’s a 414-foot monster, with two helicopter pads, a glass-bottomed pool, and two submarines. Reports suggest it cost over $200 million to build.

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Guests got to the party by boat.

Tonight’s party venue #PaulAllen ⚓️

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As is par for the course at these parties, the yacht was completely transformed into a wonderland to fit the “Midsummer Night’s Dream” theme.


Actress and blogger Lily Levy was one of the glamorous women who snagged an invite and struck a pose.

Loved the theme ???? #enchantedgarden #paulallen #octopus #cannesfilmfestival

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Here’s actress Sheila Shah; flower crowns were available for everyone. The yacht was bedecked in greenery and floral arrangements — and models draped in togas, too.


Even the trees were lit up for the evening.

#bestnightincannes #paulallen #besthost @brendaexline1 @horty007 #enchantedevening #decor #flowers #party

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Model and actress Melissa Bolona, who also attended last year’s party, took a moment to snap a pic on a green throne.

Chilling on my throne at #PaulAllenYachtParty midnight summer dream ????????????#cannesfilmfestival #octopus #myoctopus

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Here’s Allen rocking out to Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks” for his guests.

Paul Allen is really cool! Playing Led Zeppelin himself for guests in Octopus yacht

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Some guests entered the belly of the boat, where they got a peek at one of the submarines.

#yellowsubmarine from the belly of #myoctopus #cannesfilmfestival

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And here’s how one of those helicopters looks parked aboard.


Here’s another shot of Octopus on the right, taking up some substantial real estate in the port.

Flying Cloud and Octopus in the harbor. Old and new wealth on the French Riviera.

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