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Bathing beauties hit the beach

<div class="meta "><span class="caption-text ">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 &#34;bathing girl revue,&#34; had become so popular, the Island&#39;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&#39;s &#34;Kickoff to Summer&#34; 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 &#34;world famous&#34; Bathing Beauties themselves.  This year&#39;s event brought out a crowd on a beautiful beach day, Saturday, May 19, 2012. (KTRK Photo)</span></div>