OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — Oakland residents can literally dance all night to celebrate the end of a law dating back to the Great Depression.
Oakland’s City Council voted last week to get rid of an 82-year-old law banning dance marathons. The events would last for weeks with people dancing nonstop for days with a 15 minute break every hour.READ MORE: 2 Killed in Separate Shootings Saturday in San Francisco Potrero Hill Neighborhood
The dance marathons were among several endurance fads popular after the Stock Market Crash of 1929, including pole sitting and cross-country racing. But lawmakers intervened after the marathons went beyond just dancing—and into sex and drugs.READ MORE: Saturday Shooting in Sunnyvale Kills 1; Police Arrest Suspect
Oakland’s move comes more than twenty years after California purged a similar law from state books in 1990.
Dance marathons are now a popular fundraising tool at colleges across the country.MORE NEWS: Police Arrest Teen Suspect for Friday-Evening Homicide in SF Excelsior District
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