Neither my gf nor I could resist attending the 33rd annual Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Easter Celebration in Mission-Dolores Park, San Francisco today. Apparently the event has been going on since 1979 with the mission of celebrating diversity and eliminating needless guilt. Obviously the message resonated with a lot of folks because the place was ridiculously packed - we're talking thousands and thousands of people:
Luckily we were right up in front of the stage where we could see the Sister's antics up close.
Here is one of the event's three hosts. Obviously this is a er... very liberal gathering (though if you hadn't figured that out from the costumes, the male exotic dancers that showed up later were a dead give away).
The pièce de résistance for the entire celebration, after the various cabaret musical acts and the aformentioned 'dancers', was the 'Hunky Jesus' competition wherein a large number of differently themed 'Jesi' were paraded on stage for the crowd to see. I took a video of the first ~7 mins of the event so that you can get a feel for what it was like:
In the end, 'Funky Jesus' ended up winning on account of having converted his cross into a slide electric guitar, which was pretty awesome:
Only in San Francisco, eh? That's why I think I already love this town. As always I've created a Picasa Web Album with many more photos of the event and other Jesi. Check it out if you're interested!