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Long Island proms then and now

Does the splendor of today's Long Island proms match up to those of yesteryear?

Take a look at the big hair, fancy cars and lively dance moves then and now and decide for yourself.

Do you spot a picture of yourself here or wish to share your own LI prom photos? Email rachel.weiss@newsday.com.

Eating dinner with friends then

These Farmingdale High School juniors dined together, sipping
Photo Credit: Farmingdale Public Library

These Farmingdale High School juniors dined together, sipping on Coca-Cola and eating off paper plates, at the 1974 prom.

Eating dinner with friends now

Farmingdale High School students enjoyed Italian cuisine and
Photo Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein

Farmingdale High School students enjoyed Italian cuisine and Shirley Temples at their junior prom in 2017.

Dancing shoes then

This Farmingdale High School student rocked a pair
Photo Credit: Port Washington Public Library

This Farmingdale High School student rocked a pair of white pumps while partying at her school's junior prom in 1985.

Dancing shoes now

At Farmingdale High School's prom in 2017, this
Photo Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein

At Farmingdale High School's prom in 2017, this student ditched the heels for some light-up sneakers on the dance floor.

Prom setting then

Before Connetquot High School's junior prom cruise tradition
Photo Credit: Connetquot Public Library

Before Connetquot High School's junior prom cruise tradition came along, the 1989 festivities were held in the gymnasium. A blurb in the 1990 yearbook reads: "Expressions of unity exploded from even the quietest of our classmates. More than expected volunteered to make our drab gymnasium a sophisticated ballroom."

Prom setting now

Southampton High School hosted a vibrant and colorful
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Southampton High School hosted a vibrant and colorful junior-senior prom at the Southampton Arts Center in 2016.

Prom prep then

Connetquot High School students Nicole Cicerone, Debbie Quaglio
Photo Credit: Connetquot Public Library

Connetquot High School students Nicole Cicerone, Debbie Quaglio and Michelle Buonocore are pictured here designing a jukebox decoration for the 1989 junior prom.

Prom prep now

For the 2010 prom at Earl L. Vandermeulen
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

For the 2010 prom at Earl L. Vandermeulen High School in Port Jefferson, a life-sized game of Clue was constructed in honor of the classic board game theme.

Pre-prom primping then

Behind every glamorous prom look, there are a
Photo Credit: V. Richard Haro

Behind every glamorous prom look, there are a bunch of last-minute tweaks and adjustments that made it possible. Here, Roosevelt High School student Franchetta Starks gets ready with her mother's help on June 6, 1991.

Pre-prom primping now

At the Eastport-South Manor High School pre-prom party,
Photo Credit: Instagram / artonorato

At the Eastport-South Manor High School pre-prom party, Ally Albano got a last-minute gown tweak by fashion teacher Greg Barbera on June 9, 2015.

Group shot then

These happy East Meadow High School couples stopped
Photo Credit: East Meadow Union Free School District

These happy East Meadow High School couples stopped to capture this pre-prom moment in 1997.

Group shot now

East Rockaway High School students said
Photo Credit: Tara Conry

East Rockaway High School students said "cheese" at a pre-prom party on June 24, 2015.

Riding in style then

Sayville High School students Joanna Tobin and Eric
Photo Credit: John Keating

Sayville High School students Joanna Tobin and Eric Koenig arrived via limousine at their senior prom on May 21, 1993, at Islandia's Radisson Hotel.

Riding in style now

Farmingdale High School students pose before entering Villa
Photo Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein

Farmingdale High School students pose before entering Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook for their junior prom on April 22, 2017.

Fixing your date's boutonniere then

The classic
Photo Credit: North Babylon Public Library

The classic "boutonniere fix" photo op has been around for decades. This sweet moment was captured in the 1980 North Babylon High School yearbook.

Fixing your date's boutonniere now

Sacred Heart Academy student Natalie Aksnes tried to
Photo Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein

Sacred Heart Academy student Natalie Aksnes tried to secure her date's boutonniere during the 2016 prom festivities at the Woodbury Country Club.

Grand entrances then

Snowmen greeted Oceanside High School students at their
Photo Credit: Oceanside Public Library

Snowmen greeted Oceanside High School students at their junior prom in 1960, inside the school's gymnasium.

Grand entrances now

When prom season rolls around, Earl L. Vandermeulen
Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

When prom season rolls around, Earl L. Vandermeulen High School goes all-out. In 2015, parents and members of the Port Jefferson community opted for a Willy Wonka theme, and students were dazzled by candy-colored scenery as they arrived.

Men's prom attire then

R. Marcus Harris sported a Mickey Mouse vest
Photo Credit: Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library

R. Marcus Harris sported a Mickey Mouse vest and matching bow tie at the 1996 Bay Shore High School senior prom.

Men's prom attire now

Student Khalil Newton in golden accents at the
Photo Credit: @Aelindner

Student Khalil Newton in golden accents at the 2016 Uniondale High School prom.

Homemade gown then

This student crafted her prom dress out of
Photo Credit: Islip Public Library

This student crafted her prom dress out of duct tape for the Islip High School junior prom in 2004.

Homemade gown now

Ward Melville High School student Myla Parry was
Photo Credit: @kayla_dwyer17

Ward Melville High School student Myla Parry was inspired by "Doctor Who" when it came time to create her prom look for the 2016 festivities.

Dance moves then

In the 1996 Bay Shore High School yearbook,
Photo Credit: Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library

In the 1996 Bay Shore High School yearbook, the caption here reads: "Prom dancers joined in the latest dance craze, The Macarena."

Dance moves now

Bethpage High School students filled the dance floor
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Bethpage High School students filled the dance floor at the 2016 senior prom.

Cell phone then

Nowadays, selfies and Snapchat are essential to high
Photo Credit: Islip Public Library

Nowadays, selfies and Snapchat are essential to high school prom activities. Decades ago, this Islip High School student used her flip phone only to make a call at the 1995 junior prom.

Cell phone now

These Floral Park Memorial High School students found
Photo Credit: Tara Conry

These Floral Park Memorial High School students found the perfect spot for a selfie while celebrating their prom at Bayville's Crescent Beach Club in 2015.

Funny face then

Bethpage High School students rocked out at their
Photo Credit: Bethpage High School

Bethpage High School students rocked out at their prom in 1994, and this class clown was quick to show off his best moves for the camera.

Funny face now

George W. Hewlett High School held its prom
Photo Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein

George W. Hewlett High School held its prom at Chateau Briand in Carle Place in 2016. This student got up close and personal with the camera while the festivities were underway.

On the dance floor then

The prom-goers of North Babylon High School waved
Photo Credit: North Babylon Public Library

The prom-goers of North Babylon High School waved their hands in the air like they just didn't care in 1987.

On the dance floor now

George W. Hewlett High School students struck similar
Photo Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein

George W. Hewlett High School students struck similar poses on the dance floor at their senior prom in 2016.

Royal court then

Back then, high hairstyles and elegant white gloves
Photo Credit: Seaford Public Library

Back then, high hairstyles and elegant white gloves were crucial for high school prom. The royal court at Seaford High School's junior prom gathered to capture this moment in 1966.

Royal court now

The 2016 prom court of Plainview-Old Bethpage John
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

The 2016 prom court of Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School included plenty of royal hopefuls.

Cozy couple then

Sharing a secret or stealing a kiss? This
Photo Credit: North Babylon Public Library

Sharing a secret or stealing a kiss? This sweet moment from the North Babylon High School 1979 junior prom is truly timeless.

Cozy couple now

This cute Roosevelt High School couple cuddled at
Photo Credit: Tara Conry

This cute Roosevelt High School couple cuddled at the Crest Hollow Country Club in 2015.

Prom king and queen then

Michelle Aranow and Robert Keenan were crowned prom
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Cummins

Michelle Aranow and Robert Keenan were crowned prom queen and king of Sachem High School on June 8, 1985.

Prom king and queen now

George Flanagan and Kristy Alongis were crowned prom
Photo Credit: Tara Conry

George Flanagan and Kristy Alongis were crowned prom king and queen of Bishop McGann-Mercy High School on May 13, 2015.

The king and queen's dance then

The prom queen and her date share a
Photo Credit: North Babylon Public Library

The prom queen and her date share a dance in the spotlight at the North Babylon High School prom of 1987.

The king and queen's dance now

St. Anthony's High School students Brendan Hargaden and
Photo Credit: Handout

St. Anthony's High School students Brendan Hargaden and Jeannette-Marie Lewis dance together after being crowned prom king and queen in 2013.

Prom beach fun then

Islip High School seniors took the slow train
Photo Credit: Newsday/ Jim Cavanagh

Islip High School seniors took the slow train to Montauk for their prom, which was celebrated June 23 and 24, 1961. Here, Gerry Slavik and Larry Yaeger stroll along the Montauk sand.

Prom beach fun now

Floral Park Memorial High School students Daniel Oleksiak
Photo Credit: Tara Conry

Floral Park Memorial High School students Daniel Oleksiak and Janice Lee celebrated their prom at The Crescent Beach Club in Bayville on June 23, 2015.

High school friendship then

These Farmingdale High School pals were all smiles
Photo Credit: Farmingdale Public Library

These Farmingdale High School pals were all smiles at their prom in 1975. The theme of the night was "Beautiful People."

High school friendship now

Wyandanch Memorial High School students Taheem Kelly and
Photo Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein

Wyandanch Memorial High School students Taheem Kelly and Adrial Bryan joked around at their senior prom in 2016.

Prom smooch then

This Levittown Memorial High School couple shared a
Photo Credit: Levittown Public Library

This Levittown Memorial High School couple shared a special moment during their junior prom celebration in 1980.

Prom smooch now

This kiss was captured in the photo booth
Photo Credit: High Voltage Entertainment

This kiss was captured in the photo booth during the 2016 Wheatley School prom, held at Huntington's Oheka Castle.

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