Spring break is a recess in early spring at universities and schools in various countries around the world. In the United States, Spring Break at the college and university level can occur from March to April, depending on term dates and holidays such as Easter.
US college students’ favorite spring break destinations include Fort Lauderdale, Daytona Beach, Panama City Beach, Palm Springs in California, and South Padre Island in Texas. The latter, Padre for short, was recently voted the second most trashy Spring Break destination by Code Magazine (Las Vegas was first).
If your “kids” went to South Padre Island for his/her spring break, now you know just went on. No doubt spring break in other popular locales was/is no less decadent.
Daniel Bates reports from South Padre Island for the UK’s Daily Mail, March 18, 2013, on the “non-stop orgy of drinking and partying” of 60,000 college students gone wild.
For days on end the students assembled at the notorious Coca-Cola beach for sun, sand, sea and no parents in sight at what the Travel Channel called ‘the biggest beach party on the planet’. The carnage got so bad that it needed a 32-bed mobile hospital to deal with the wreckage.
In one day alone, there there were more than 60 casualties including at least 15 people who had taken drugs. Among them was a girl of 19 who ‘freaked out’ while on Ecstasy. Dozens more, many of whom were underage, had drunk too much and either passed out or collapsed in the arms of medics.
The mood could be summed up by the T-shirts on sale in the stores, all of which were in garish neon capitals. They ranged from: “You only live once”, to the partygoers’ manifesto: “Alcohol and Molly (another word for ecstasy) and party and sluts.” Another bestseller reads: “Don’t tell your madre what happened in Padre.”
A picture is worth a thousand words. The following pictures of Spring Break in South Padre Island show the debauchery that went on.
Sodom and Gomorrah redux.
A severely intoxicated girl is helped by police and a male friend after too much partying during spring break. One medic said the scene inside the medical tent is worse than what he saw in Iraq.
The next 3 pictures are of young women voluntarily taking their tops off and having their breasts groped by the surrounding young males:
The Daily Mail reporter said what shocked him the most was the attitude of the authorities, “who seem compromised by the huge amount of money that the partying brings to the local economy” — a reported $20 million.
Coca-Cola beach sits in front of the Isla Grand Hotel on what should be a picturesque part of the Texas coast on the border with Mexico. Instead it is littered with rubbish including thousands of discarded beer cans which are collected at the end of each day by Mexican immigrants (they get 65 cents a pound for the recycling).
Makes one proud to be an American and proud of the next generation. [Snark]