People celebrate on the beach at South Padre Island. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith
People celebrate on the beach at South Padre Island. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith

18,000 teens go wild on tiny island

THOUSANDS of party-mad teens have descended on a small island in Texas for a booze-fuelled orgy of sun, sea and, most importantly, sex.

It's now Spring Break time which means millions of US college students will pack their bikinis and trunks but leave their inhibitions at home.

On South Padre Island - a narrow strip of land off the coast - more than 18,000 have arrived to get wet and very, very wild, The Sun reports.

Time to let loose. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith
Time to let loose. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith

Drinking starts at 12 on the dot and, for those with the stamina, doesn't finish until the early hours.

Throughout the day, party animals down shots and take part in X-rated twerking contests and wet T-shirt competitions.

By mid-afternoon, hundreds of young men and women are scattered unconscious on the beach.

It’s party season in America. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith
It’s party season in America. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith

There are also organised parties - at nearby hotels and clubs - which offer students unlimited booze for the price of an $80 ticket.

The Spring Break season stretches from the beginning of March until mid-April.

The tradition started in the 1930s, when colleges would take their swimming teams to competitions in Florida.

That tradition continued into the '60s and a number of films - including Where The Boys Are - chronicled the wild parties.

As word spread, more students began to head to hot spots in Florida including Fort Lauderdale, Daytona Beach, Miami and Panama City Beach.

Then in 1986 MTV launched its first Spring Break Special, which brought the tradition to a wider audience and now many US coastal resorts host Spring Break parties.

 

 

Getting their twerk on. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith
Getting their twerk on. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith

 

 

Getting their twerk on. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith
Getting their twerk on. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith

 

Getting their twerk on. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith
Getting their twerk on. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith

 

 

 

 

 

This story originally appeared on The Sun and was republished with permission.

 

 

The booze arrives. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith
The booze arrives. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith
The party starts at noon and goes on and on. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith
The party starts at noon and goes on and on. Picture: EPA/Larry W. Smith

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