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Galveston Island Beach Revue Returns May 17-18

May 03, 2019 07:05PM
Galveston’s vintage past meets present-day fun for the 11th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue. Presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa and held at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd., this year’s revue will be held on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. The annual revue showcases vintage-inspired fun, headlined by the Bathing Beauties Contest.

The Galveston Island Beach Revue was started in 2009, by Islander By Choice, LLC., in direct-response to Hurricane Ike. It became one of Galveston Historical Foundation’s annual events in 2019.

Dubbed the “Pageant of Pulchritude” by C.E. Barfield, Galveston’s Bathing Beauties Contest began in the summer of 1920 and marked the kick-off for tourist season each year. These Island pageants were the beginning of what we know today as the Miss Universe Pageant.

The famed Galveston Bathing Beauties pageants ended in 1932 due in part to the Great Depression and were resurrected in 2009.

Always a crowd favorite, the weekend’s main event is the Bathing Beauties Contest. Retro
swimwear is chic and vintage is king as contestants from across the country catwalk while modeling vintage and vintage-inspired swimwear and accessories that echo the “good ole days” of Galveston’s summertime history. Classic pinup styles, the likes that Esther Williams, Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page made famous, heat up the beaches as 30 contestants vie for cash prizes and top honors.

Other events include the Revue Prevue Kickoff, Bands & Bombshells Concerts, Beach Revue Whisker Review, and the Hot Rod & Classic Car Show. The Beach Revue expands this year with food trucks, novelty options, and a large vintage vendor market area.

Admission is free. More details at