As a social event, the high-school promenade comes pre-loaded with multiple sources of potential stress for that most vulnerable of individuals – the teenager. Who to ask, how to ask, how to arrive, how to dance, how to drink, how to stay standing…
Equally prone to stress, of course, are the organizers of the prom tasked with creating a night to remember – for the right reasons.
And one simple solution to that stress was (and is) to attempt to wear out the attendees with an all night-dance, leaving students just too tired to get themselves into trouble.
But that solution was too much of a half-measure for Mariemont High School, Ohio.
On June 9, 1958, the school’s prom lasted not just a night, not even a day and a night, but a full 32 hours.
Kicking off proceedings with a dinner, the prom then progressed to a formal dance, followed by a river cruise, and then more dancing, this time to a jazz group.
At which point, with the dawn of a new day, the students were shepherded back to the school for breakfast.
Making a minor concession to energy depletions, the students were then allowed home for a brief break, before reconvening at an amusement park, and at last rounding off proceedings with a third and final dance once the sun had gone down again.
By which time more than half the students had surrendered and retreated home to bed.