Amanda Hensley of Lovelady, TX competes during the 2011 Galveston Island Beach Revue.

Building on the success of last year’s record attendance, the 2012 Galveston Island Beach Revue returns Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th to historic Galveston Island. This year’s Friday night “Bands & Bombshells” concert expands with a larger concert area as well as themed vendors and classic cars. Saturday’s Bathing Beauties Contest will feature a new and larger venue and updated format.

“These bombshells are always on target!” says Event Coordinator, Adrienne Culpepper. “The 2012 Galveston Island Beach Revue is back in a new, larger location and we’re looking forward to once again highlighting Galveston’s great history with this one-of-a-kind, family friendly event. All with the help of the world famous Bathing Beauties of course.”

Friday night’s “Bands & Bombshells” concert returns to historic downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park on May 18th. The expanded event begins at 7 p.m. and features last year’s crowd favorite John Evans Band and 2012 headlining band The Gourds. Admission to Friday night’s concert is $13 at the gate beginning at 6 p.m. tonight.

Always a crowd favorite, the weekend’s main event is the Bathing Beauties Contest where retro swimwear is chic and vintage is king. Contestants from all over the U.S. will strut their stuff across the sand along Galveston Island’s historic shoreline. This year’s contest will feature a semifinals and finals round of competition of vintage and vintage-inspired swimwear. The Bathing Beauties contest begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19th and will be held on 51st Street and Seawall Boulevard. Admission is free for this family-friendly event.

Then and now. Contestants line up in 1927 and 2011 for 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 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 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.

For event details, contestant registration and sponsorship information, visit or contact Adrienne Culpepper, Event Coordinator, at or 409-770-7360.



Will Wright was raised in the rough and tumble outlaw lands of West Texas (Canyon to be specific) and moved to Galveston in the summer of 2006. Aside from being completely unfamiliar with anything regarding large bodies of water, fishing or even possessing a proficient ability to swim (boy can he float though!) he none the less became attracted to Galveston and all the history, design, people and uniqueness it entails. Will is the Creative Director and owner of Willthing, a graphic design and Web site development company, co-owner of Islander By Choice, LLC and the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Galveston Historical Foundation.

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