Pensacola has a decades-long history of being an LGBT destination. Starting in the s with beach parties coordinated by local members of the gay community, the city is now home to full scale, weeklong celebrations leading up to Memorial Day Weekend, with events bringing in more than , visitors annually. Emma Jones was a fictitious character created by the Hillyers in order to create a post office box and receive publications from gay organizations without scrutiny from the local police. The Hillyers made arrangements for a female friend to pick up the contents from the post office and they would then share the materials with their friends. Today, LGBT visitors will find a welcoming community and a diverse mix of events to suit their taste, whether its beach parties, dance parties, or a low-key, VIP experience.
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This year has seen booze-mad party animals take part in twerking contests and fascinating images reveal the raunchy event over the years. Spring break started in the s, when colleges would take their swimming teams to competitions in Florida. That tradition continued into the Sixties and a number of films — including Where The Boys Are — chronicled wild parties in the Sunshine State. This collection of images shows college students taking part in the famous bikini and wet t-shirt contests. And crowds can be seen drinking booze and smoking on the beaches well until the early hours — with many falling asleep on the beaches during the day.