For all that's holy

PHOTOS: The Hunky Jesus Contest brought Easter to life in San Francisco

A trio of Hunky Jesus contestants posing for a photo before the competition.

Hallelujah, a multitude of messiahs have risen, and they are modeling lewks for days. Over the weekend, the Hunky Jesus contest, San Francisco’s premiere Easter event, returned to Dolores Park. Celebrating its 45th anniversary, the day-long celebration of non-denominational pageantry attracted thousands of spectators reclining on picnic blankets and sipping White Claws. Also always, this springtime tradition was produced by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and its irreverence epitomizes the group’s core tenets.

A Sister of Perpetual Indulgence collecting donations.

“We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty,” the sisters proudly proclaim on their website. “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 use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.”

Anti-War Jesus flexing his pacifist philosophy (and muscles)

Kicking off at 10 am, the festivities began with the 29th Annual Family Easter, which featured an egg drop, bunny run relay games, story time, a special performance by Cheer SF, and, of course, an appearance by the Easter Bunny. As the afternoon progressed, the event’s vibe grew more mature as emcees Honey Mahogany and Sister Roma took to the main stage to present performers like Kat Robichaud, Sister Phyliss, House of Pack, and Sugar Bear.

But the highlight of the day was its series of competitions, including the Easter Bonnet contest, Foxy Mary, and of course, Hunky Jesus.

“What Jesus are you?” Sister Roma asked each Hunky contestant, whose themes spanned from tie-dye-clad anti-war muscle stud to divine disco diva. But this Easter’s Hunky Jesus winner tapped into the doll-core zeitgeist with his Jesus Ken ensemble, which sported bootie shorts and a pink crown of thorns framed in a giant Barbie box.

The testament of Barbie Jesus

We’ve snatched some unholy images of our favorite muscly messiahs and not-so-virgin Marys for those who missed the fun.

Photography by Mike Ciriaco

Disco Diva Jesus and her shiny disco ball
Gender Neutral Hunky Jesus Couple
This Hunky Jesus is terrifying
The not-so-virgin mary
A tie dye clad Jesus
A white trash Jesus and his Crown of Cigarettes
A gender-bent Jesus
A nod to The Big Lebowski with this The Dude Hunky Jesus
This Hunky Jesus is extra AF
A more traditional take on Hunky Jesus
An American Hunky Jesus giving a salute
A anti-war muscle stud Jesus
Hunky Jesus Bartender
Ahmad sporting another loincloth photo option
Bam Bam and Ahmad serving twin Jesus in their biblical loincloths.
Mother flexing her radical self expression
Pedro aka Superstar and his BF cuddling as they watch the Hunky Jesus contest.
Disco serving a Tie Dye Easter Bunny lewk
Ryan Booth sporting pink pastels
Ryker and his friend posing at the Hunky Jesus contest
Lucas, Tyler, and John basking in the sun
Sterling Tadlock proudly sporting his Easter Bonnet

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