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Vintage Fashion Takes Center Stage at 2016 Galveston Island Beach Revue

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Vintage fun meets the historic backdrop of Galveston’s Seawall Boulevard for the 8th annual Galveston Island Beach Revue, May 20th and 21st. Presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa® and held at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall, hours are 6-10 p.m. on Friday and noon – 8 p.m. on Saturday. This year’s revue focuses all on the fashion with a variety of family friendly events and concerts featuring the best in vintage style, headlined by the Bathing Beauties contest. Admission is free both days of the festival and complete information is available online at

“Each year the Galveston Island Beach Revue showcases Galveston’s incredible Seawall history,” states Will Wright, co-owner of Islander By Choice, LLC. “Held near its original location next to the Hotel Galvez, guests can expect two days of great special events and live music, all leading up to the crowd favorite Bathing Beauties contest!“

This year’s event will also feature specially selected vendors for Saturday as well as great area food trucks for dining both Friday and Saturday.

New in 2016

Special Performance by New York City’s Dandy Wellington Band
Inspired by the Big Band Era of Jazz, Dandy Wellington and his Band have taken the sounds of the 1930’s and 40’s and created a world of well dressed music. With a passion for obscure songs steeped in the Jazz tradition, Dandy Wellington has assembled a catalog of music that invokes an atmosphere of class. From the golden age of cinema, to the bounce of New Orleans, each song is hand selected and played to perfection by a band cut from the cloth of elegance. The Dandy Wellington Band will perform on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in advance of the Bathing Beauties contest and again immediately following the 2016 awards.

Friday Night Bands & Bombshells Concert and Best Vintage Dressed Party
Galveston’s own Harbors Over Highways band will take the Beach Revue stage for a night of great music, introduction of 2016 contestants and delicious craft beers. Held from 6-10 p.m., the Friday night kick off is the public’s first chance to meet this year’s contestants and is free to the public. The vintage fun isn’t just for the contestants though, judges on site will be keeping an eye out for the best dressed person at the event for a special “Best Vintage Dressed” Beach Revue sash. Southern Star Brewing Company will also be on site to offer a special beer tasting at 6:30 p.m. in the Beach Revue beer garden. Admission is free to Friday night’s festivities.

Parasol Decorating Contest
Looking for activities for your children? Stop by the parasol decorating area for your chance to win an exclusive Beach Revue sash for the Best Decorated Parasol. Held on Saturday from noon
until 4 and available exclusively for school aged children, parasols are free for while supplies last. Awards will be announced during the judge’s intermission of the Bathing Beauties contest.

Galveston Diaper Bank Named 2016 Charitable Partner
The Galveston Diaper Bank partners with local organizations involved with creating a healthier environment for our low-income neighbors, friends and families by providing diapers through their parenting classes, job training, and education programs. This year’s event will feature a diaper drop off bin at the merchandise booth for donations.

Returning Favorites

Bathing Beauties Contest
Always the crowd favorite, the weekend’s main event is the Bathing Beauties Contest, beginning Saturday at 5 p.m. Retro swim wear is chic and vintage is king as 40 contestants from across the country catwalk across Galveston’s historic Seawall modeling vintage and vintage inspired swim wear and accessories that echo the “good ole days” of Galveston’s summertime history. Cheer on your favorite as this year’s contestants vie for cash prizes and top honors.

The Tom Schwenk, Realtor Hot Rod + Classic Car and Vintage Trailer Show
Hot rods, rat rods, vintage trailers and more are lining up to take part in this Beach Revue event. The Tom Schwenk, Realtor Hot Rod + Classic Car and Vintage Trailer show will return Saturday, May 21st from noon – 4 p.m. Registration is $15 if submitted by May 6 or $20 after and the first 50 registrants will receive a limited edition Galveston Island Beach Revue dash plaque. Registrations are limited to cars from 1975 or older. Awards will be given in a variety of classes, including: Best in Show (top 3), Best Paint, Farthest Distance Traveled, Best Club Participation, Tom's Choice Award, Best Interior and Best Vintage Trailer. Viewing of the cars and trailers is free to the public.

Southern Star Brewing Company Beer Tastings
Classic fun deserves a classic ale and Houston’s Southern Star Brewing Company returns for a series of special beer tastings held Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. Conducted by representatives of Southern Star Brewing Company, enjoy tastings of some of their popular beers, including Bombshell Blonde. Admission is $10 and tickets are available in advance online or day of at the merchandise booth.

About the Galveston Island Beach Revue

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. 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 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 by Islander By Choice, LLC. Islander By Choice is owned by Adrienne and Michael Culpepper, Shannon Guillot-Wright and Will Wright. Visit for more information.

About Hotel Galvez & Spa

Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel and National Trust Historic Hotel of America, is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast. This 224-room, century-old hotel offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space, a 9,763-square-foot spa, fitness center, full-service restaurant, lobby bar, pool with a swim-up bar and Hall of History. The hotel is rated four diamonds by AAA and is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. F

About Galveston Island

Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. For more information on Galveston Island visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

For more information on the Eight Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa®, please contact Adrienne Culpepper, Event Coordinator, at 409-770-7360 or or visit

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