The Galveston Island Beach Revue was started in 2009 by a group called Islander By Choice, LLC to commemorate Galveston’s “Pageant of Pulchritude” history held in the 1920s and early 1930s and a predecessor of the Miss Universe Pageant. Galveston’s bathing beauty pageants marked the beginning of the tourist season. Pageants were held on the beach in front of Hotel Galvez, but came to an end in 1932 due to the Great Depression.
Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, is once again the backdrop of the “Pageant of Pulchritude” in its fourth year as Presenting Sponsor for the ninth annual Galveston Island Beach Revue May 19-21, 2017.
What’s new this year:
• A Friday Revue Prevue at Hotel Galvez: A Revue Prevue featuring a performance by Dandy Wellington & His Band and the official introduction of the 2017 “Bathing Beauties” donning their vintage cocktail attire is scheduled on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. The Revue Prevue is free and open to the public. Vintage attire is encouraged. In conjunction with the Prevue, Galvez Bar & Grill will serve Mary Pickford cocktails and offer a prime rib dinner special. Guests can enjoy a 9 oz. prime rib of beef with scalloped gorgonzola potatoes, grilled summer vegetables and choice of a glass of house wine or domestic beer for $26 or a 14 oz. meal for $32.
• Matt Tolentino Band at Sunday Brunch: Matt Tolentino Band is performing during Sunday Brunch at Hotel Galvez from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Matt Tolentino is known as a dedicated specialist of the sounds of the 1920 and early 1930s. Advance reservations are suggested for Sunday Brunch and available by calling (409) 765-7721 or via Open Table.
• A Vintage Baseball Game: A vintage inspired baseball game at Hooper Field, 3110 83rd, is scheduled at 2 p.m. between the Gulf Coast Sugar and Texas Playboys.
The highlight of the weekend is the Galveston Island Bathing Beauty Contest on Saturday now scheduled at 5 p.m. A full schedule of events is listed below.
Galveston Island Beach Revue Schedule of Events:
Friday, May 19, 2017: 6-9 pm,
Friday Night Revue Prevue at Hotel Galvez
6-9 pm: Vintage inspired drink and prime rib dinner special at Galvez Bar & Grill
6:30-7:15 pm: Dandy Wellington & His Band Performance
7:15-7:30 pm: Introduction of 2017 Bathing Beauties
7:30-8:15 pm: Dandy Wellington & His Band Performance
Saturday, May 22, 2017: 2-8 pm at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston Island Beach Revue
2 pm: Gates open, Free admission
2-4 pm: Classic Car and Vintage Trailer Show/Matt Tolentino Band Performance
2-4 pm: Parasol Decorating, Hosted by Galveston Diaper Bank
2 pm: Southern Star Brewing Company
3 pm: Southern Star Brewing Company
4-4:45 pm: Dandy Wellington & His Band Performance
4:45-5 pm: Classic Car & Vintage Trailer Show & Parasol Decorating Awards
5-7 pm: 2017 Galveston Island Bathing Beauty Contest & Awards
7-7:30 pm: Dandy Wellington & His Band Performance
Sunday, May 23, 2017: Hotel Galvez & Spa, 2024 Seawall Blvd., and Hooper Field, 3110 83rd Street
11 am-2 pm: Sunday Brunch at Hotel Galvez featuring live music by Matt Tolentino Band
2 – 4 pm: Vintage Baseball Game featuring Gulf Coast Sugar and Texas Playboys
For more information on the Ninth Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa®, please visit www.galvestonbeachrevue.com.
Where to Stay:
To be near all the action, book your room at the historic Hotel Galvez & Spa.