Spring is technically here, and no one’s more excited than the millions of college students looking forward to their school’s end-of-the-year blowout party. Who could blame them? Spring festivals are the absolute best–sundresses, cold beers, lawn games, pools, and seniors getting in their last licks before reality hits. A lot of these parties have become school traditions to rival the graduation ceremony.
Some of these Spring Parties have already happened (Ohio State’s #Fest, Iowa State’s Veisha) and some are happening right now (Indiana University‘s Little 500). The important thing is that all the upcoming festivals (like Elon’s Festivus, which we’re heading to shortly) will be looking to one-up their rivals.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a moment (while we’re still somewhat sober) to remember the ten best parties (so far) that have helped make the 2013-2014 school year a legendary run. This isn’t some general list. The following is a real look back at this school year–specifically determining which students know how to get the most turnt…
University of Michigan | Hash Bash
When: March 5th, 2014
Why It’s One Of The Most Legendary: Because it’s the perfect mix of a campus that goes crazy and a bunch of people who are looking to smoke a joint in front of cops.
How Big Was It: The actual marijuana protest rally had around 8,000 people attending (apparently the highest attendance in years), but the entire campus got turned up. Unfortunately, this is the one party where we have to use video from last year, but we’re certain that the scene was just as crazy then.
Notable Party Animals: Anyone who chose to smoke in front of a cop that day.
Bloomsburg University | Bloomsburg Block Party
When: April 12th, 2014
Why It’s One Of The Most Legendary: Last year, the police rolled armored trucks through the streets after things got out of hand. Yet somehow, this year’s ratchet students found a way to convince police to actually make more arrests and issue more citations handed out this year.
How Big Was It: Thousands deep
Notable Party Animals: The guy at 2:02 in the video above. The guitar bro who smashed his guitar.
Arrests: No arrest stats, but 200+ citations handed out.
Iowa State | V.E.I.S.H.A.
When: April 8th, 2014
Why It’s One Of The Most Legendary: Because it was scheduled to be a weeklong event, but instead was cancelled after Iowa State students started the party a little early after their NCAA team was bounced. Technically the riots weren’t part of Veisha, but tell that to this guy Jimmy Darts (who hopefully isn’t a representation of Iowa State students as a whole). He’s the guy who put together a “VEISHA 2014 Recap video.”
How Big Was It: 75,000 people
Notable Party Animals: The people who helped to flip over those cars.
Arrests: 11 arrests
UConn | Final Four Celebration
When: April 8th, 2014
Why It’s One Of The Most Legendary: Because it proves that some of the most legendary parties don’t have to be planned. Despite the fact that UConn won the March Madness, they still decided to riot. That’s pretty metal, if you ask us. Speaking of metal, we can’t really remember the last time that a student body tore down a lamp pole and used it to smash down windows in a school. Maybe we saw something like that in a movie once.
How Big Was It: 5K+ people
Notable Party Animals: Anyone mentioned in our recap of The Storrs Riots.
Arrests: 30+ arrests
Keene State College | Pumpkin Fest
When: October 9th, 2014
Why It’s One Of The Most Legendary: Other than setting out to break the world record for the most lit jack-o-lanterns in the world, we’re not really sure why P-Fest gets so #turnt–but the fact of the matter is that it gets really turnt.
How Big Was It: Thousands
Notable Party Animals: Anyone who contributed to the absolute massacre of all those pumpkins. Over 30K+ Halloween pumpkins were collected as part of Pumpkinfest. Honestly, we didn’t even know there were that many pumpkins in the state of New Hampshire.
Arrests: 130+ Arrests
University of Texas – Austin | Round Up
When: March 21st, 2014
Why It’s One Of The Most Legendary: Because every single frat worth their weight in Natural Light puts on individual ragers. This year’s talent included Waka Flocka Flame (above), A$AP Ferg, Juvenile, Ying Yang Twins, Trinidad James, Bro Safari, and much more.
How Big Was It: Tens of thousands or people
Notable Party Animals: Waka Flocka Flame, and the bros at ATO for putting together a party that makes even veteran partiers like me jealous.
Arrests: No data
University of Tennessee | Boxing Weekend
When: February 27th – March 1st
Why It’s One Of The Most Legendary: Waving a flag or wearing your fraternities’ shield is one thing–but it’s another thing altogether to strap on some boxing gloves and stand toe-to-toe with someone from another frat. That’s what makes the Ace Miller Memorial Boxing Weekend such a huge success. Also, there are huge parties at night afterwards.
How Big Was It: Huge. They turn the whole Jacobs Center into a boxing auditorium, complete with balcony seating. And just because you can’t get a ticket for the fights doesn’t mean that you can’t partake in the afterparties.
Notable Party Animals: Everyone who boxed.
Arrests: No data–probably because it was too scandalous to ever release
University of Georgia x University of Florida | Frat Beach
When: November 1st, 2013
Why It’s One Of The Most Legendary: Because it takes place during the Georgia x Florida game, commonly known as “The World’s Biggest Cocktail Party“–only it’s on a beach and both schools come to get wild.
How Big Was It: Over 4,000 students
Notable Party Animals: Anyone from Georgia (because they won the game).
Arrests: “Few”–none of which were directly related to the weekend
Ohio University | #Fest
When: April 12th, 2014
Why It’s One Of The Most Legendary: This was the 12th year that Ohio State has celebrated “Number Fest,” and it’s been growing in size each year. It’s a legit festival, and this year’s party had Wiz Khalifa, Carnage, Griz, Stalley (Ohio’s own), and more coming out to get the kids crunk.
How Big Was It: Massive. Look at the drone footage from above.
Notable Party Animals: Anyone who was able to recite Stalley’s verses. If you’re from Ohio and you don’t know their biggest rapper, shame on you.
UC – Santa Barbera | Deltopia
When: April 5th – 6th, 2014
Why It’s The Most Legendary: Because it’s never going to come back after what happened this year. RIP, Deltopia. Of course, there’s a good chance thatDeltopia would still have made the #1 spot even without this year’s massive turnout and resultant riots, along with the 100 arrests that involved six injured police officers (which, seriously, is not something to be happy about). If you live on the East Coast, the videos below will make you seriously question why you went to school in a place with four seasons.
How Big Was It: 25,000+ people
Notable Party Animals: Anyone and everyone who took part in the historic Spring Break.