Saint stupid's day parade
by bishop joey
(berkeley, ca us)
Bishop Joey instructs the flock
The Saint Stupid's Day Parade is held every April First in San Francisco California. Started in 1979, the parade celebrates its 33rd annual this coming April.
Based on the European Feast of Fools tradition, this public event continues the spirit of mockery and satire on the powers that be. When April Fools Day falls on a weekday, the parade winds its way on the sidewalk thru the financial district of SF, stopping at the 'Stations of Stupid' for rituals such as the 'sock exchange' at the Pacific Sock Exchange building, the 'leap of faith', the tossing of pennies at the 'bankers heart' and the traditional 'free lunch'.
Taking comic aim at the buisness of religion and religion of business, this event draws hundreds of oddly costumed celebrants carrying equally odd signs and noise makers.
When April Fools day falls on a weekend, the parade of a thousand or more makes its way thru the North Beach Area of town to Washingtion Sq park for a 'mini service' - an on stage performance of music,rants and a 2 minute talent show.
This yearly SF event happens rain or shine, and is sponsored by the First Church of the Last Laugh, the world's largest church, (you're already a member) representing the world's oldest religion..."and we can prove it !"
Bishop Joey , head of the FCLL, instigates and leads the parade.