Galveston Island Beach Revue

During the 1920s and early 1930s, Galveston was host to the Pageant of Pulchritude (predecessor to the Miss Universe Pageant) which has now been resurrected by Islander By Choice, LLC (IBC) as a two-day, family friendly event dubbed the Galveston Isl

Galveston's world famous Bathing Beauties have a new place to call home as Beach Central, located adjacent to the Hotel Galvez & Spa®, plays host to the annual Galveston Island Beach Revue through 2016. Officials for both the hotel and the promoters of the Galveston Island Beach Revue, Islander By Choice, LLC., recently agreed on the move to the Seawall property. The Galveston Island Beach Revue, scheduled on May 16 and 17th, is Galveston's official kick-off to summer. The Beach Revue is free to the public and offers a weekend of family-friendly events headlined by the Bathing Beauties Contest. Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, is the title sponsor of the event.

"Hotel Galvez & Spa is pleased to be part of the Galveston Island Beach Revue," says General Manager Steve Cunningham. "This event has ties to Galveston's history so it's only appropriate for our hotel to be part of it. When you look at old pageant pictures you often see Hotel Galvez in the background. It's great to honor this tradition."

The annual event, held the third weekend of May, will once again benefit Galveston's Family Service Center with a percentage of profits going towards the Island non-profit.

"Beach Central is the perfect location for this event and its continued expansion," states Islander By Choice co-owner, Will Wright. "With plenty of room for all aspects of the event, from the live music to the Bathing Beauties Contest and our newly added vendors, this new home will allow the Revue to continue its growth and welcome larger audiences."

For those interested in joining the ranks of Bathing Beauties, registrations for the 2014 contest will open on Saturday, February 1 and are limited to the first 40 accepted applicants. Information on the event can be found at www.galvestonbeachrevue.com.

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.

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. For reservations, call (800) WYNDHAM, or visit www.WyndhamHotelGalvez.com.

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 www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

For more information on the Sixth Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa®, please contact Adrienne Culpepper, Event Coordinator, at 409-770-7360 or adrienne@ibcgalveston.com or visit www.galvestonbeachrevue.com.