San Francisco, California, March 23, 2020 —The Sisters’ annual Easter In The Park celebration may be canceled this year but never fear, Foxy Mary and Hunky Jesus will rise again! The Sisters are taking their wildly popular annual contest online and inviting anyone and everyone, age 18 and over in the 50 United States, who “feels the Spirit” to submit their holy inspiration for review. A group of highly judgmental Sisters, including Sister Roma and Sister Dana, the event hosts for more than two decades, will peruse the entries and select the top 15 Hunky Jesus and top 15 Foxy Mary contestants. The top 30 entries will be posted to Sisters Instagram account (@SFSisters) on Easter Sunday where the public will “vote” with likes and comments to choose the winner.
Submissions are welcome starting immediately via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sisters’ annual free anniversary celebration, Easter In The Park, historically attracts more than 10,000 revelers to Dolores Park every year. The Hunky Jesus Contest has become one of San Francisco’s most anticipated and beloved contests featuring colorful contestants who bring their imaginative and outrageous interpretations of the religious icons to the stage, all vying for the coveted crown.
“San Francisco audiences are smart, sophisticated, and have a very twisted sense of humor,” says Sister Roma. “You can’t just be HUNKY or FOXY to win the title. Our crowd responds most enthusiastically to contestants who have a clear concept, a clever message, and excellent execution.”
Past winners of the Hunky Jesus Contest include “Viva Las Jesus” an Elvis interpreter with a pompadour and jewel encrusted leisure suit who opened his hands to allow a red glitter stigmata to flow onto the stage and “Refu-Jesus,” a Puerto Rican Jesus who immigrated to the stage and pelted the crowd with rolls of paper towels. The Sisters hope to see this kind of creativity and brilliance in their online contest.
“After the breakout of COVID-19 the Sisters felt it was our duty to cancel our Easter celebration,” explains Sister Tilda NexTime, Chair of SPI Board of Directors “but we didn’t want to let Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary fans down! Like any modern 20th Century Order of Nuns, we’re going online and opening the contest, all genders, races, sexual orientations, and choice of peanut butters welcome.”