By Christina Garcia
A block from the bay on Galveston Island, Victorian times come alive during the annual Dickens on The Strand festival held this year from December 2nd through the 4th. For three days, top hats and hoop skirts are back in fashion, and visitors toast the lords and ladies in cutaway coats and corsets. Hosted in Galveston’s Historic Strand District — once considered the “Wall Street of the Southwest” — this time capsule of an event spans several blocks from 24th street going east between The Strand and Mechanic Street.
Surrounded by a fascinating mix of elegant and flamboyant Victorian-era architecture in the city, this party helped preserve the 1800s-built beauty of The Strand, shooing off developers who might have mowed over the surrounding antique structures.