America's Biggest Cross and Hunkiest Jesus

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(Editor's note: The Hunky Jesus Contest was rained out, but will be rescheduled. Check the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's website for information.)

Get up early and take part in the 91st annual Easter Sunrise Service at the Mount Davidson cross. Civic leaders -- including Mayor Ed Lee -- as well as clergy and music ensembles traditionally start gathering at 6:20 a.m. This nondenominational service is performed by clergy from across the city as America's largest cross is illuminated by 48,000 watts of earthly electricity, a monumental beacon for the city's Easter morning faithful. Following the service, descend to Dolores Park, where the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host Under the Big Top, their 34th anniversary celebration.

The circus-themed party starts off with an Easter Egg hunt for the kids, after which the adult portion of the program begins with performances by Ethel Merman, Hedwig, Beard Summit, Sparkle Ponies, and special guest Jane Weidlin (formerly of the Go-Gos, and writer of the comic book Lady Robotika.) Plus of course the ever-popular Hunky Jesus Contest, which speaks for itself. Religion and transvestism have never been terribly far apart (the Pope spends his career in a dress, after all), and this Easter (as it does every year), San Francisco provides both the occasion and the organization through which to view that relationship in full flower. (For the fullest range of possible human experience, be sure to take your out-of-town relatives to both events.)

Easter Sunrise Service at Mount Davidson begins this Sunday, March 31st at 6:20 a.m. For more information, visit, or call (415) 566-8393. Easter in Dolores Park: Under the Big Top begins at 11 a.m. with the adult stuff kicking off around noon. For more information, visit

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