The St. Stupid's Day Parade is a San Francisco institution. Taking place on April 1st, this holy procession is one of those happenings that truly defines the freaky "City by the Bay." Put on by the First Church of the Last Laugh, the 34th annual event took place on Sunday in North Beach, as SF's finest celebrated stupidity with a parade march down Columbus Street. The streets were filled with cries of, "No more chanting!" as costumed citizens proudly displayed their moronic side.
Young and old alike didn't shy away from the spirit of this blessed holiday. With the firm irony of an electronic cigarette or a rusty can of Rust Oleum these celebratory mavericks wielded signs harking such messages as, "Don't Read This," and "This Is The Sign You've Been Waiting For."
The lamest caption I could think of for the above photo is: "May The Farce Be With You!" But I'll resist. Nothing could be more stupid than Darth Vader wearing a business suit -- as if he had to take a day job in the financial district.
The only thing more stupid than Darth Vader in a business suit is a business man without a business suit. When it comes to St. Stupid's Day, sometimes the best costumes involve the least amount of costume. Now that's really stupid!
The St. Stupid's Day Parade made its way to Joe DiMaggio Playground in North Beach, where revelers were treated to a sermon from the First Church of the Last Laugh holy man, Bishop Joey.
The First Church of the Last Laugh claims to be the world's oldest religion, with over three-billion members, because everyone in the world has a little bit of stupidity inside of them. In case you missed it, here are a few more sights and sounds from this year's St. Stupid's Day Parade.
Photos by Harmon Leon