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Spring Break

February-April
Spring Break is an annual celebration of spring—and of school vacations—by an estimated two million college students who whoop it up, sunbathe, party, drink, dance, and listen to loud music.
From the early 1950s until 1985, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was a prime destination. In 1960 the movie, Where the Boys Are (based on the Glendon Swarthout novel of the same name), featuring Connie Francis, George Hamilton, and Yvette Mimieux, was all about spring break. It gave Fort Lauderdale great national exposure. But the hordes of students got to be too much; by 1985, 350,000 people took over the city for six weeks and tied up not just traffic but the legal system. Fort Lauderdale started clamping down, and now only about 20,000 students visit.
Popular destinations today include Panama City Beach, Fla., Daytona Beach, Fla., South Padre Island, Tex., Palm Springs, Calif., the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Mexico. To lure the spring breakers, various towns and resorts spend millions of dollars and offer an abundance of free activities, including beach sports, concerts, movie premieres, and contests.
CONTACTS:
Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau
Cancun Center, 1st. Flr., Blvd. Kukulcan
Hotel Zone
Cancun, Q.Roo 77500 Mexico
52-998-881-2745; fax: 52-998-881-2774
cancun.travel/en
South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
600 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, TX 78597
800-767-2373 or 956-761-3000; fax: 956-761-3024
www.sopadre.com
Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
16000 Front Beach Rd.
Panama City, FL 32403
800-722-3224 or 850-233-5070
www.thebeachloversbeach.com
SOURCES:
Spring Equinox See Vernal Equinox
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There comes a point in everyone's life when they have to experience something like this," said Alonso, who has now finished her fourth community-service spring break trip.
A regular spring break trip for me just felt unfulfilling.
This month, they are being joined by hundreds of college students spending spring break here and on Mississippi's Gulf Coast.
Another article, in the Christian Science Monitor for March 17, told of a student group from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who also spent spring break living amidst rather primitive conditions (outdoor toilets and showers) while helping to rebuild New Orleans.
Many spring break organizers understand this, especially those who bring students to Washington.
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The SCA Alternative Spring Break at Grand Canyon will run two one-week sessions, with 30 members attending each week:
During the rest of their spring break, the Canoga Park Presbyterian youths volunteered at the Los Angeles Mission on Wednesday, helping prepare for its Easter celebration, said youth pastor Andrew Greeley.
NYSE:AEO) today announced its Spring Break plans for 2008, which continue the tradition of owning poolside and nightlife in Cancun, Mexico, headlined by a performance from Fall Out Boy.
The district loses substantial state funding based on attendance because many students are absent during the week following winter and spring breaks, Barcelona said.