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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.
Islander By Choice has resurrected these favorite Island pastimes into a contemporary two-day, family-friendly event. The Galveston Island Beach Revue is now officially the City of Galveston's "Kickoff to Summer" event. The Revue features events Friday and Saturday culminating in the Bathing Beauties Contest. The contest itself has become a must-see event as locals and tourists of all ages swarm the beach and seawall for a glimpse at the vintage swimsuits, parasols, and of course the "world famous" Bathing Beauties themselves. This year's event brought out a crowd on a beautiful beach day, Saturday, May 19, 2012.