The History of Prom

The origin of prom through the centuries

The origin of prom can vary in meaning, depending on the perspective a person.

  Prom comes from the French word promenade, which means walk or stroll. In the early twentieth century in the Deep South, it was considered informal to dance with men that one was not married to, so girls would take short and heavily chaperoned promenades around the block as their dates.

  By the 1930s, proms were common and the “prom stories,” were published in school newspapers all over the country.

  The 1950s brought about heavy competition for the titles of prom king and queen.

  Then, in the late 60s and early 70s, the themes for proms began along with the corsages, limousines, photographs and post-prom parties.

  However, the format of prom today varies from place to place but traditionally involves high school students in tuxedos and gowns, dancing, music, combined with detailed decorations and a theme.

  Senior prom is the most important dance for a senior because it is the final formal dance and gathering of the graduating class. Prom is a night that should not be forgotten

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