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The Layer Family Collection - Splash Day Parade (1958)

James Layer

Silent | c. 1958

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  •  Lone Star Brewing Company float 
  •  A group of young army recruits, possibly an ROTC. In the background is Murdoch’s Bathhouse.  
  •  US Navy Amphibian Tractor (LVT) float 
  •  Houston Texanettes float 
  •  Marching bands, drill teams, and a dog 
  •  Us Air Force float 
  •  Pearl Brewery Corporation float 
  •  A couple dances on the West End Lumber Company float, featuring singer Trini Lopez, who became famous with his rendition of “If I had a Hammer” 
  •  US Army Recruiting float 
  •  Antique car parade 
  •  Mr. Peanut 
  •  Galveston Fire Department float 
  •  Texas City Rodeo Association 
  •  Texas City Jaycee Tackle Time 
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This 1958 home movie captures the Layer family enjoying time together during Splash Day, an annual event in Galveston, featuring parades, a beauty contest, and music. From 1920 to 1965, Splash Day signaled the beginning of the summer tourist season in Galveston. At its height, the pageant attracted so many spectators that it tripled the island’s population during the weekend when it ran. This film shows the 5-mile long parade down Seawall Boulevard, featuring floats from several beer companies, the US Air Force and US Navy, and numerous local businesses and organizations. Revue.American singer-songwriter and guitarist Trini Lopez makes an appearance, along with Mr. Peanut and a stray dog. While Galveston no longer celebrates Splash Day, many of the same events are celebrated during the Galveston Island Beach Revue.