Miami Beach cracks down on Spring Break party excess

College students usually turn Miami Beach’s main drag into a huge street party at this time of year — blocking traffic as they drink and dance to thumping reggaeton music.

But strict new measures mean the American ritual, known as Spring Break, is a much quieter affair this year.

The city in south Florida is enacting rules to stamp out partying which has gotten out of control — and even violent — in recent years, with two killed in shootings last March.

As the sun went down on the weekend, Ocean Drive — typically the party hub for the thousands who descend on Miami Beach — looked much calmer than normal.

The booming music, crowds of scantily-clad youngsters and the occasional whiff of marijuana smoke were all gone from the city’s iconic avenue with its distinctive Art Deco buildings.

Like Miami Beach, many seaside cities in south Florida are magnets for students keen to let off steam during their Easter break.

But now, to keep things under control, Miami Beach officials have deployed more police, set up extra drink-driving checkpoints and shut down all public parking lots except one which charges $100 on the busiest weekends of the Spring Break

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Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2024 Trend: Sequins & Sparkling Dresses

Sequins and sparkling embellishments are one of 2023’s biggest red carpet trends. Now, stars including Kerry Washington, Jessica Alba and Quinta Brunson have brought back the fad for Vanity Fair’s annual Oscar party, which took place on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Ahead, all the details on every dazzling look at the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington at the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 10, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California.

Kerry Washington at the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 10 in Beverly Hills.

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Washington wore an off-the-shoulder design by Giambattista Valli, which was dripping with crystal embellishments. Her voluminous gown also featured a ruffled tulle skirt and satin bows. Washington added on a pair of Christian Louboutin heels and Messika jewelry. The actress was styled by Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, who also count Jennifer Lopez, Lily Collins and Hailee Steinfeld as clients.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba at the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 10, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California.

Jessica Alba at the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 10 in Beverly Hills.

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Jessica Alba glistened in a crystal mesh Tamara Ralph gown, which came from the label’s spring 2024 couture collection. Her silver off-the-shoulder frock was festooned with floral appliques.

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh at the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 10, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California.

Sandra Oh at the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 10

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