The 31st Annual Saint Stupid’s Day Parade

St. Stupid's Day Parade

Each year on the initial day of April The First Church of the Last Laugh stages a singular parade through the streets of San Francisco to celebrate their one holy day a year Saint Stupid’s Day.

This Wednesday, April 1st will be no exception…

Bring PINK SLIPS and EVICTION NOTICES for the HQs of the not so free market…print your own money for bail outs, pay offs and buy ins. Fun for all ages! Drums and other noise production devices encouraged. Attend at your own risk. Watch your step. Spread the word.

Free lunch. RAIN OR SHINE. War and peace. free!! Hotcha!

Wednesday, Noon, April 1th, foot of Market st. SF. Ca. USA

This will be the first year that Saint Stupid is on Twitter: @ststupid.

Led by church founder, Bishop Joey (aka Ed Holmes, actor, non-mute mime, fake Dick, and seaman of some repute), some hundred plus ordinary members of the human race and three abnormally large dog heads embrace their inner, outer and median stupid nature.

Saint Stupid's Day Parade 2008

The parade makes its Stupid way through North Beach on years when April 1st falls on a weekend, and on weekday 4/1’s the Stupid massive meanders through The Financial District, chanting Back to work! Back to work! at those who peek out their office windows as the thumping Stupid horde goes by.

The parade features a number of rituals along the way, The Stations Of Stupid, that include throwing socks in the air at the old Pacific Stock Exchange and knocking on “The Tomb of Stupid” to see if he’s home–he never is.

Saint Stupid's Day Parade 2008

Saint Stupid's Day Parade, 2006

It is a truly great and serentypical San Francisco happening each year as Frank Chu, multitudinous motley cacophonists, and the ghost of Emperor Norton all stroll the streets proudly in their finest buffoonery.

Much more visual evidence of past parades is available on Flickr, including Scott’s images and video from last year. But the earliest photos of the event shot by our primary tentacle are from 2003 and you can see them here.

Saint Stupid's Day Parade 2008

Saint Stupid's Day Parade 2008

There’s also a post-parade Stupid afterparty at The Elbo Room on Wednesday night, featuring numerous SubGenius luminaries including Dr. Hal and Michael Peppe, plus Los Banos, Fluff Grrl, Brian Kenny Fresno, David Apocalypse, and Karla LaVey.

Bishop Joey keeps the beat

photos by Scott Beale, Electricity Mule and Rigphoto


Actor, nerd, poet, producer, writer mikl-em made his name short so you wouldn't have to. In addition to his blog you can find his writing in "Hi Fructose" magazine and witness him almost life-sized in various plays at The Dark Room Theater in SF's Mission district.

He tends to write about theater, humor, San Francisco culture and history, and stuff that's just plain weird. He thanks Scott for sharing the keys to the Laughing Squid virtual HQ and promises to uphold whatever it is that the mirthful cephalopod would prefer to be uplifted.