Bikini-clad women and shirtless men stormed the streets and beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as the party passed for spring breakers after a night of debauchery.
Chaotic scenes emerged as the sun rose over partying hotspots Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Cancun of students drunkenly diving in pools, stripping naked in crowded clubs and twerking on yachts.
Like moths in a flame, hordes of bleary-eyed revelers were later seen descending the beach on Friday morning during Spring Break to soak up the sun and get ready for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
There was a clear police presence on the popular beach with girls posing for photos with officers armed with guns smiling beside them.
Bikini-clad women and shirtless men stormed the streets and beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as the party continued for spring breakers after a night of debauchery
This is the first time in three years that college students have actually been able to enjoy spring break without the threat of COVID-19 restrictions — and their relentless partying proves they’re making the most of their new-found freedom.
Officers on bicycles, buggies and SUVs were seen patrolling the area, while others led K-9s among sunbathers on the crowded beach.
The preparation for the busy season comes as US officials, including the State Department, warned Americans not to travel to Mexico following a spate of violent crime.
Last month in Matamoros, Mexico, four Americans were kidnapped and two murdered.
Authorities’ biggest fear this year is fighting opioid overdoses, with several nonprofits teaming up with the Florida Department of Health to distribute free Narcan and educate people about the dangers.
The influx of people will have law enforcement officers keeping a close eye on the beaches in the area, especially after what happened on Florida’s east coast last year.
Revelers were hydrated after a night of debauchery as they soaked up the sun
Bikini-clad women were seen on the beaches posing sporting greenery in the run-up to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations that were to follow
The party rolled into the morning as revelers laughed and drank in the 24-hour party town
St. Patrick’s Day Spring Breaker enjoys the beachfront bars and beaches and many opt for Irish green bikinis
People seemed to be in good spirits even after a night of dancing and drinking
Women wearing Irish green were seen drinking in the morning as the celebrations continued
Cheering revelers prepared for another night of drinking fun
Some revelers seemed worn out as they had drinks with friends
Beaches were overrun with people enjoying a relaxing morning before the nightly events
That’s where six West Point Cadets were hospitalized after authorities said they overdosed on what they thought was cocaine, only to later learn it was laced with fentanyl.
“People use opioids and don’t realize they’re using an opioid,” Shelby Meaders, executive director of Florida Harm Reduction Collective, told Fox News.
“They don’t realize they might be consuming fentanyl and cocaine or some other kind of drug supply, and people are overdosing and don’t have Narcan on hand.”
According to Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office, the opioid crisis is claiming 21 lives a day in the state.
According to the Pinellas County Opioid Task Force, accidental overdose deaths have increased every year in Pinellas County since 2018.
Their numbers show that of the 618 accidental overdose deaths in 2021, at least 418 were caused by fentanyl.
A woman was seen walking along the beach wearing Irish green and a leprechaun hat
Bikini-clad women were ubiquitous on the streets of Fort Lauderdale
Police have stepped up their crackdown on drugs to protect partygoers by handing out Narcan on beaches to reduce overdoses
Women were seen sunbathing on Fort Lauderdale beach
Posing for photos on the beach was a common theme among those partying in Fort Lauderdale
There were scantily clad women scattered around the seaside town
Another night of partying was obvious, as revelers seemed to be gearing up for another big night
That’s why organizations like the Florida Harm Reduction Collective are working with the county’s opioid task force.
They will be handing out free Narcan to area beaches every Tuesday and Thursday through May, educating spring breakers about the dangers and showing them how to administer the life-saving drug in an emergency.
“It’s a really easy nasal spray that you can use,” Meaders said.
“You can get it for free, and you can save a life by having it on hand. We just teach people the signs and symptoms of overdose how to get it for free if you don’t want one today or take it from us and then we work to teach the businesses and restaurants and bars how to have it at the hand to save a life.”