Saturday, May 02, 2009

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Easter Party

Plenty of folk had told me that it was not to be missed. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence put on a great party, especially their alternative family easter gathering. The pictures tell the story far better than I ever could.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence®
is a leading-edge Order of queer nuns. Since our first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted ourselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We belive all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.

A big open air concert in Dolores Park, with numerous musical acts, competitions to find the most outrageous easter bonnet, the best outfit and the hunkiest Jesus to mention a few. The park was packed with people picnicking and enjoying the atmosphere and checking out the goings on. It was marvelous to be in a gathering so intent just to enjoy themselves however they felt fit in whatever they felt comfortable in for the day.

The park party finished at 4 and moved via a procession of sorts through to a street venue. An attending police officer decided that the marchers weren’t protesting loudly enough so tried to liven things up a bit by shouting encouragement through his loud-hailer. A local dance radio station played the latest dance music to a merry dancing audience on the street through into the night. Great fun and a wonderful way to spend Easter Sunday, I sloped off soon after dark, it got really cold really fast, back to the bar for a more sedate night.

I chilled out on Monday with another stroll through China Town and the wharfs of San Francisco, relaxing in the spring sunshine and watching another world go by.

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