From the Vault: Proms across Cincinnati -- with some wild hair and fashion

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Posted at 6:00 AM, May 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-04 13:46:16-04

CINCINNATI -- From now through the end of the month, Greater Cincinnati will be flooded by teens in formal wear.

These prom-goers can be seen dining at nice restaurants and posing in picturesque front yards. Venues like Taft Theater, Music Hall, the Convention Center and any number of country clubs have hosted generations of high schoolers dancing the night away.

As you'd expect, some pretty wild hair, dresses and tuxedos were caught on camera.

BELOW: Wyoming, Glen Este and Roger Bacon high schools' proms at the Convention Center in 1988


One theme makes its way through several eras -- drunken driving. 

In the 1980s, several schools, including Wyoming and Roger Bacon, held campaigns to prevent teen drinking and driving. Some tuxedo rental storefronts passed out fliers encouraging customers to stay sober at prom.

BELOW: 'Surviving prom' news report from 1989


We've pulled some archive video from prom in the Tri-State in the '80s and '90s. We know the years, but not always whose prom we're seeing, or the venue where the video was shot. If you recognize anyone in the videos, shoot us an email on the WCPO Vault Facebook page.

BELOW: 1985


BELOW: 1988


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