The Death Of Freaknik And The Rise Of Black Spring Break Events

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Black Spring Break Events evolve from the unorganized Freaknik traffic gridlock Atlanta. during the 90s. Black Spring Break Events bring 100,000 participants to Daytona Beach, Florida, Galveston, Texas and Miami, Florida.

For many years, especially during the late 80's and early 90's, the Freaknik In Atlanta, Georgia brought in over 250,000 participants.

It created enormous traffic gridlock and was considered the hot zone for hundreds of thousands of black college students who traveled from all across the country every April to Atlanta, Georgia.

For many of those years, it lived up to its name. It was Freak-Nik! There were the wild parties on the street, the dancing, the traffic jams and of the kinds of things you might have witnessed in a Girls Gone Wild type video if they had existed back then.

In fact so many came in 1992, Atlanta was brought to a standstill. It became an event that was heard about through out the world. It also received extra attention because it was also the headquarters of a famous 24 hour cable news station.

In fact this month marks the 5th Anniversary of the death of Freaknik. In 2000 the event died while other spring break events took its place and have since become very popular in their own right.

Black College Reunion in Daytona Beach, Florida, April 15-17, 2005, The Kappa Beach Party in Galveston Texas( April 15 -17, 2005) and newest spring break event The Miami Springfest hosted by P.Diddy in Miami, Florida(April 29- May 2, 2005) are all scheduled to take place this month. And each will bring in over 100,000 college students per event.

Terrance Smith, CEO of http://www.blackbeachweek.com a website and newsletter which focuses on African American Spring Break events, explains that spring break events such as those named remain extremely popular because they a fill a cultural void that many of the traditional spring break events leave out.

Smith also goes on to explain that "unlike the Freaknik event in Atlanta, spring break events of today offer a variety of things to do such as concerts, car shows, job searches and career development recruitment. They are also being backed by sponsors which was unheard of in the past”. Smith predicts that spring break events will continue to grow and expand in different cities in future years.

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