"Paying Tribute To Our Past"

bathing Beauties

The precursor to the Miss Universe Pageant and a Galveston tradition from 1920 to 1932, the Bathing Girl Revue signaled the beginning of the summer tourist season. In 1925, the 3-day long event was held May 16 - 18. Events included two parades, one in which the entries wore sportswear, and the other in which they wore bathing costumes (pictured in this film). The final pageant in which the judging was held took place on the last evening in the city auditorium. The bathing revue attracted far larger crowds than usual; the local newspaper reports tens of thousands of people traveling to the island for the occasion.