It is 3 in the afternoon on Easter Sunday, and Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco is packed with visitors.
A bit of an unusual scene for a day in 2022 — or any day since March 2020 — the park is full of visitors dressed in bling, bright colors or both, sipping on booze and grooving to the covers of Lady Gaga, Lizzo and Dua Lipa.
The music stops and the most awaited competitions of the day begin.
As a batch of six contestants enters the stage, and emcee Peaches Christ asks each contestant about their costume.
“All right, who are you?”
“I am Roller Disco Carpenter Jesus, he is risen and he is rolling,” as contestant answers, pointing at an elongated balloon sticking out of his crotch before rolling around the stage floor in his skates.
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He was one of the several other contestants depicting Jesus Christ in their own innovative ways hoping to win the Hunky Jesus Contest. Another crowd favorite was the Foxy Mary contest where contestants dressed anywhere between a “postpartum, breastmilk-pumping Mary” to a “mistress Mary.”
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence went back to their “old habits” to celebrate Easter along with their 43rd founding anniversary on Sunday, after missing two years of in-person celebrations because COVID-19. The organization was founded on Easter weekend in 1979.
“We survived, we stand for freedom and this is our coming-out party,” said Sister Vish-Knew, a cofounder of the organization.
According to Sister Vish-Knew, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence currently operate across 14 countries on four continents.
The celebrations started earlier in the day with Easter activities for children, followed by live entertainment featuring Kippy Marks, the Rebel Kings of Oakland, Carly Ozard and Nicki Jizz as well as the stars of “Reparations: An All-Black Drag Show.”
The Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary contests were the much-anticipated highlight of the event. In the end, a contestant identified as Black Woman Is God was crowned Hunky Jesus, while Transgender Maria de Guadalupe won Foxy Mary.