March is traditionally the month when college students from across the country go on Spring Break. While they may consider it a unique phenomenon, Spring Break has been happening more or less for 2,000 years.
“Spring Break” has its roots in ancient Greece with a three-day party teens called “Anthestreria.” According to the Atlantic, “For three days, people would dance, singers would perform, women would deck themselves with flowers, and Greek men would compete to see who could be the fastest to drain a cup of red wine.”
While not his intent, the “modern” Spring Break era was ushered in by Sam Ingram, swim coach at Colgate University, who brought his team to Fort Lauderdale in the 1930s to train. Identifying a marketing opportunity, the city of Fort Lauderdale introduced an event called the “College Coaches’ Swim Forum,” which resulted in college swimmers from across the country traveling to Florida each March. By the mid-1980s, the number of Spring Breakers in Fort Lauderdale had grown to 350,000.