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Galveston Island Beach Revue, Presented By TGRE, Returns May 20-22 To Celebrate Seawall Boulevard’s Vintage History
The Galveston Island Beach Revue continues to grow each year through events, contestant participation, and attendance and is officially the City of Galveston’s “Kickoff to Summer” event.
Galveston’s vintage past meets present-day fun for the Fourteenth Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue. Presented by TGRE – and held at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd., this year’s revue will be held on Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22. The annual revue showcases vintage-inspired fun, headlined by the Bathing Beauties contest, next to Galveston’s historic shoreline. Saturday’s events occur from noon to 7 p.m., and standing-room-only tickets are $5. Reserved admission is $20 for a reserved pod for two or $40 for a reserved pod of four. Admission includes access to the classic car show, food and vintage vendors, concessions, and more located throughout Beach Central.
Tickets and more information are available at www.beachrevue.com.
Dubbed the “Pageant of Pulchritude” by C.E. Barfield, the Galveston beauty contest began in the summer of 1920 and from then on marked the kick-off for tourist season each year. By 1928, the event (which had morphed into the “bathing girl revue”) had become so popular, the Island’s population was said to have tripled during the event weekend.
These Island pageants are said to have been 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. The event’s location is footsteps away from its original location in the early 1920s.
When: May 20, 2022 from 10PM to 12AM. Welcome to the Queen City Cabaret, a hot Jazz induced evening of vintage frivolity and scintillating burlesque at the newly opened Grand Galvez Founder’s Bar, where the unexpected is always on the menu.
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 across Galveston’s historic shoreline modeling vintage and vintage-inspired swimwear and accessories that echo the “good ole days” of Galveston’s summertime history.
When: May 22, 2022 from 11AM to 1PM
Where: Grand Galvez
Details: The Grand Galvez’s famous Sunday Brunch gets taken up a notch with the addition of Dandy Wellington & His Band on Sunday, May 22, 2022 (the day after to Galveston Island Beach Revue). Click here to learn more. Details, reservations, and pricing are available by calling The Grand Galvez at (409) 765-7721.
Beach Revue is a fun way to welcome the summer and celebrate a historical event from a century ago. This one-of-a-kind event brings a colorful story to life along Galveston’s famous seawall... Dwayne Jones, GHF Executive Director