Tufts of hot pink feathers float gently through the air as a woman proudly shows off her twirl-worthy green tutu. Behind her, a man with a multi-colored unicorn hat adjusts the purple feather boa around his neck.

A boy blocks his face from the sun with his mom’s hands, while a group of nearby children inspect their candy-filled Easter eggs.

An attendee in a tie-dyed veil meets her friends, who are sitting on a black-and-white spiderweb-patterned blanket. Upon closer inspection, the veil reads, “Don’t ever let your fear decide your fate!”

An older gentleman in a red baseball cap laughs to himself as he watches the crowd’s contentment and joy.

A congregation of locals and tourists, young and old, painted Mission Dolores Park in shades of rainbow and pastel colors on Easter Sunday for the 40th anniversary of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of queer and trans drag nuns dedicated to community service and human rights.

“We’re celebrating 40 years of history,” says Sister Ray Dee O’Active. “For some of us, this is the first time we’ve ever seen so many sisters in one place, and I think it’s the best kind of family reunion.”

It’s time for the Easter bonnet contest.

“This is where it’s up to you. This is where it gets real serious,” says Sister Roma. “We need you [the audience] to please cheer for your absolute favorite.”

A father lifts his daughter on his shoulders for a better view of the stage. “Don’t you want to see who wins?” he says. She crinkles her nose as the faint smell of marijuana wafts through the air.

The two finalists, Henny Penny and the Fabergé Egg of the Inquisition, compete for the love and applause of the crowd.

“Wow, it was really close… not!” says Sister Dana.

By a landslide of audience cheers and applause, the 2019 Easter Bonnet contest winner is, much to Sister Roma’s bewilderment: the Fabergé Egg.

As live music plays, attendees — with their neon outfits, iridescent faces and wildly creative Easter headwear — return to the lawn to sit in circles on blankets and chairs scattered across the grass.

In their appropriately-themed button-up shirts and hats, Todd Smith, David Powell and Gary Brownen gather amongst themselves to revel in the festivities and share deviled eggs.

“We’re here for Hunky Jesus,” says Smith, causing the three friends to laugh.

Back on stage, the hopeful Hunky Jesus contestants convened for the last competition of the day. The finalists included Historically Accurate Jesus and Forrest Gump Jesus, the latter earning the highly sought-after title.

“Life is a box of chocolates,” says the announcer. “You’ve got it, Forrest Gump!” The audience rejoices, as the two finalists hug it out on stage.

As the Easter in the Park celebration came to a close, the Trash Can Marching Band exuberantly parades through the audience — enveloped by lime greens, muted lavenders, and cotton candy pinks.

“What we’re doing is expiating stigmatic guilt and promulgating universal joy, which is flowery words for teaching everybody and reminding them that they were born perfect,” says Sister Lida Christ of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. “And anything else they learned along the way that makes them less than or marginalized, that doesn’t count and it’s not important.”

Evan Kaminsky shows off his bunny ears during Easter in the Park. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

The Fabergé Egg of the Inquisition observes the audience’s reception as they vote for their favorite Easter bonnet contestant. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

A contestant in the Foxy Mary contest applauds for her fellow competitors. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

Attendees at Easter in the Park cheer and applaud for their favorite Hunky Jesus contestants. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

The crowd at Easter in the Park cheer and applaud for their favorite Hunky Jesus contestants. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

An attendee flashes a peace sign while out celebrating Easter in the Park. Photo by Jennifer Cortez

The winner of the Easter bonnet contest: the Fabergé Egg of the Inquisition. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

An attendee snaps a photo of her favorite Easter bonnet contestant. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

Sister Roma and Sister Dana of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the hosts for Easter in the Park, share a few announcements to the crowd. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

The Secs Devil perform for the audience after the Easter bonnet contest. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

Todd Smith, David Powell and Gary Brownen, in their appropriately-themed button-up shirts and hats, are enjoying the day at Easter in the Park. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

“It’s a wonderful Easter event. I couldn’t miss it! Everyone’s so beautiful,” says Bridget Harrison.” It’s really liberating and unconventional. I went to a Catholic all-girls school growing up, and so I just feel really free and can be myself.” Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

Sister Ova D’Rainbow poses for the camera at Easter in the Park. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

Sister Chava Kiki in a monochromatic and pastel blue outfit for Easter in the Park festivities. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

Sister Lida Christ, Sister Tearyn Upinjustice and Sister Ray Dee O’Active at Easter in the Park. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

“I love the community that you find here, all the happy faces,” says Harmony. “Everyone’s just celebrating.” Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

The crowd’s applause declares the Forrest Gump Jesus contestant as the 2019 Hunky Jesus. Photo by Jennifer Cortez

The Trash Can Marching Band exuberantly parades from the stage through the crowd. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

Cheryl Fralick and Rebecca Anders are at Mission Dolores Park to “enjoy the 40th anniversary of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence!” Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

Felix and Toxzema show off their Easter accessories. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

The Foxy Mary contestants pose for the audience. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

Two attendees in their creative outfits greet each other as they make their way through the crowd. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

An Easter in the Park attendee reaches for the streamers during the GayC/DC performance. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.

Warm weather and an extravaganza of costume contests and musical performances brought out bumper crowds of families and friends to Mission Dolores Park on Sunday. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.