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lot of people think they need because they want to follow in their friends and siblings' footsteps."
Monarch High senior Jodi Monk, 18, said the group she's going with to prom opted not to get a limousine and drive instead to Ted's Montana Grill in downtown Denver. But she bought a new dress for the dance, and is planning to get her hair, makeup and nails done.
Boulder High senior Eva Poulsen, 17, said her mom is making her prom dress from silk fabric she picked out. And, on top of the $50 dance tickets, dinner and other accessories, Eva is paying $57 to help her group rent a "party bus" to Denver for dinner.
"It's been steady for sure," Peavy said. "I just think it's mostly tradition parents saying, 'You need to get them flowers.'"
"I think it's just the tradition of getting limos and stuff like that," Lily said. "That's something that a Adidas Predator Powerswerve Rugby
Managers for Boulder area businesses said prom season is just as busy as ever, despite the tough economy. A manager for the Men's Wearhouse in Boulder said before rushing off the phone to help a line of waiting customers that this season's tuxedo rental business is up over last year. On Friday afternoon, he said, 16 high Puma Evospeed 4 Orange
The average cost of prom night can range from $150 to $1,500, according to industry experts. That price includes tickets to the dance, a dress or tuxedo, a corsage or boutonniere, hair, makeup and nails, transportation, dinner, photographs and post party plans.
"It's tradition," she said about why she's willing to spend the money on prom accessories. "You only get to go to prom so many times. It's a special occasion."
The cost to attend prom can be costly for some. At Monarch, for example, tickets are $50 for a junior couple and $40 for a senior couple.
Boulder Blooms florist Christina Peavy makes a corsage Friday for the Erie High School prom. Erie and other local high schools are holding their proms tonight.
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"A lot of people go all out, even if they don't have money," said Monarch High senior Lily Moody, 17. "One of my friends took out a $700 loan to get a limo. That's kind of ridiculous."
And then they'll travel back to town for the dance at Boulder Theater.
The big dance is Saturday night Puma Evopower 4.3 Tt for students at Erie High School, Louisville' Monarch High and Lafayette's Centaurus High. Fairview and Boulder high schools are holding their respective proms on May 1. All the schools have rented out space in event centers Monarch for example is holding its prom at the Denver Zoo and Fairview's prom will be held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
schoolers were scheduled to pick up their formal wear for the big event on Saturday.
Christina Peavy, a manager at Boulder Blooms, said her flower shop made a dozen corsages and boutonnieres for this weekend.
"But a lot of people go all out and get whatever they want," Lily said.
Prom worth the cost for traditional Boulder
"We are doing the whole deal," he said. "We are going to dinner in Denver with a limo."
"I've heard a lot of people saying their dresses cost like $200," said Boulder High senior Jessie Heerdt, 17.
said money concerns wouldn't prompt him or many people he knows to scale back on senior prom.
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