La Contessa Burial at Sea

photo by Pilar Woodman

In December the Extra Action Marching Band’s amazing 60‘ land roving Spanish galleon “La Contessa” was destroyed by arson. Last Friday, February 2nd hundreds of people showed up for a La Contessa Burial at Sea which took the form of a classic Viking funeral using a scaled down replica of the original La Contessa.

For more on the fate of La Contessa, check out Steve Jones’ in-depth article from last week’s SF Bay Guardian: “The mystery of La Contessa”

UPDATE 1: More photos from Pilar Woodman, Violet Blue, Nina Alter and Ian Baker

UPDATE 2: Erik Davis wrote a great farewell post: “Au revoir La Contessa”

Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale founded Laughing Squid in 1995 in San Francisco and is currently based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.