Splash Day

From 1920 to 1965, Splash Day signaled the beginning of the summer tourist season in Galveston. One of its main attractions was a beauty contest. This event was previously known as the Galveston Bathing Girl Revue and the International Pageant of Pulchritude. At its height, the pageant attracted so many spectators that it tripled the island’s population during the weekend when it ran. After World War II, the event became known as Miss Splash Day or the Bathing Beauties Contest. While Galveston no longer celebrates Splash Day, many of the same events are celebrated during the Galveston Island Beach Revue.

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The Sloane Collection, no. 4 - Galveston Bathing Girl Revue (1925)
Footage of the bathing costume events of the 1925 Galveston Bathing Girl Revue.
The Rosenberg Library Collection - Pageant of Pulchritude (1931)
Beauty contestants flock to Galveston for the final International Pageant of Pulchritude
The Layer Family Collection - Splash Day Parade (1961)
Home movie of parade floats and marching bands celebrating the 1961 Splash Day in Galveston
The Layer Family Collection - Splash Day Parade (1958)
Home movie of parade floats and marching bands celebrating the 1958 Splash Day in Galveston
The Layer Family Collection - Splash Day Parade (1955)
Home movie of parade floats and marching bands celebrating the 1955 Splash Day in Galveston
The Hester Collection - Bathing Beauties Contest (1950)
Home movie footage of beauty pageant contestants during the Splash Day festivities in Galveston
The David W. Moore Collection - Pageant of Pulchritude
Home movie footage of events around Galveston, including an international beauty pageant and a car parade
Splash Day
1950s footage of the Splash Day festivities in Galveston, including the Miss Splash Day contest
Beauty Crown Goes to Miss Belgium!
Scenes from the 1931 International Pageant of Pulchritude in Galveston