Galveston Island's official kickoff to summer returns to historic Seawall Boulevard for the fifth annual Galveston Island Beach Revue, presented by Mostyn Law Firm. New this year, the Beach Revue begins with a Friday evening parade, a staple in the original Beach Revue days of the 1920s and '30s, and ends with a vintage baseball game played by the rules of 1860.
May 17, 5:45 p.m. - Tom Schwenk Parade to the Pier
Meet the 2013 contestants at the Tom Schwenk Parade to the Pier on May 17. The Seawall Beach Revue parades will start at 5:45 p.m. at 45th and Seawall and end at the gates to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier where guests are encouraged to don their vintage best and enjoy a night of live music, introduction of 2013 contestants and an evening of retro fun on the pier.
May 18, noon-4 p.m. - Bathing Beauties Contest
The fun continues May 18 at 52nd and Seawall as Family Service Center, the 2013 Beach Revue Charitable Partner, invites families for its second annual "Retro-Active" event from noon to 2 p.m. for three-legged races, balloon tosses and more. Always a crowd favorite, the weekend's main event is the Bathing Beauties Contest beginning at 2 p.m. at 52nd & Seawall. Retro swim wear is chic and vintage is king as contestants from across the country catwalk across Galveston's historic shoreline modeling vintage and vintage inspired swim wear and accessories that echo the good ole days of Galveston's summertime history.
May 18, 5 p.m. - Game Day at the Galvez
Beach Revue weekend continues May 18 at 5 p.m. with a vintage baseball game and an evening of live music. Cheer on the Houston Babies as they compete against the Katy Combines during Game Day at the Galvez, presented by the Hotel Galvez & Spa, located at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd. This period appropriate baseball game, complete with authentic rules, equipment and team uniforms, will put you in the mood to swing. Close out the night with live music by the Austin, Texas rockabilly band The Bellfuries in this one-of-a-kind location.