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Hunky Jesus, Foxy Mary 

Wednesday, Apr 9 2014

People in other cities cannot fathom the level of enthusiasm generated by Easter for adults in San Francisco. For those of us who grew up here, springtime has long heralded the Technicolor grandeur of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Easter. Over the last 35 years, the Sisters have transformed this holiday into a somewhat sacrilegious but deeply humanist orgy of outdoor fun, with outrageous Easter Bonnet contests and Hunky Jesus pageants, which generate money for charity while giving us an excuse to pull on our loincloths and act out the resurrection in ways altar boys only dream of. This year is the Sisters' Easter emerald anniversary, so the theme is "Oz." Be sure to wear green and pack your ruby slippers. Services will be provided by the Klown Korps' TrashKan Marchink Band, the Ethel Mermen Experience, Honey Mahogany, Cockatelia, and Head Wig. A novel Foxy Mary competition has also been added for all you aspiring virgins.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence kick off Easter with a children's egg hunt at 10 a.m. (the adult show begins at noon) in Hellman Hollow, 50 Overlook Drive in Golden Gate Park, S.F. Free; visit

Sun., April 20, 10 a.m., 2014

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