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Photographer Ed Roseberry took this photograph of the University of Virginia “Easters” Party on Sunday afternoon, April 11, 1976, when an estimated 15,000 people piled into “Mad Bowl” near the fraternities. UVA’s “Easters” has been called the biggest college party in America in the 20th century. The springtime tradition had its origins as a formal evening of dancing in the late 1880s. Over the course of the ensuing decades, “Easters” evolved into a multi-day series of parties, dances and music concerts that drew an increasing number of young people from up and down the east coast. Owing to safety concerns and the changing times, the University canceled “Easters” altogether in 1982.