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Saint Stupid's Day

Updated on September 3, 2014

The Official Holiday of the Fastest Growing Snack Religion in the World

Do you wish that your spirituality was a bit more fun? Don't have too much time for church? Do you like to dress all "stupid" and take part in one-of-a-kind performance art and street actions?

If you answered "YES!" to any of the above, then the First Church of the Last Laugh might be just what you are looking for. According to Bishop Joey, it's the fastest growing snack religion in the world and there's only one official holiday: St Stupid's Day on April 1st. This holiday is only celebrated in San Francisco, but it's been going on for more than 30 years now so that tells you something.

"i heart signs" by Relache
"i heart signs" by Relache

Celebrating Saint Stupid's Day

Each year on the only holy day, the Faithful of the First Church of the Last Laugh gather in Pee-Wee Herman plaza and go on their annual pilgrimage to mark their one holiday, see if their saint will rise from his tomb and otherwise honor Holy Fools everywhere.

It's free. Although parking can be difficult so taking public transport, bicycles or walking to the site is recommended.

It's open to all races, colors, ages, genders, creeds, nations, belief systems, etc provided you have a good sense of humor. If you don't have a good sense of humor, you'll probably want to go someplace else for the afternoon.

If you like clever ideas, word play, activism, sacred tomfoolery, costumes and feel like taking off in the middle of what is most often a work day to run around and be silly for a few hours, the St. Stupid's Day Parade is for YOU!

Jacobson Hat Company Men's Felt Lobster Hat, Red, Adult
Jacobson Hat Company Men's Felt Lobster Hat, Red, Adult

Since the parade isn't all that far from Fisherman's Wharf, this goes great with the territory. Be sure to have leaflets about safe seafood to hand out.

 

Getting a Stupid Hat

If there's one piece of gear that makes or breaks your St Stupid Day parade experience, it's some sort of headwear. The stupider, the better.

Stupid Information

While Capt Jack Sparrow may have washed his hands of this weirdness, at the First Church of the Last Laugh we bathe in it!

Alice in Wonderland Tweedledee twill Hat
Alice in Wonderland Tweedledee twill Hat

A propeller beanie is a classic! Pairs up best with a kazoo and short pants.

 
"other side" sign, photo by Relache
"other side" sign, photo by Relache

Walk Loudly and Carry A Ridiculous Sign!

The St. Stupid Parade is a piece of genuine, organic, full-participation, performance art, street theater. It was founded deliberately to thumb its nose at corporations, normalcy, traditions and the run-of-the-mill. Deep down it actually came to be a a protest towards the memory of Groucho Marx and how after his death it all turned into a bank battle of heirs and caregivers. But once it started to happen annually in the streets of San Francisco, it developed a life of its own.

If you can walk, rollerskate, ride a unicycle, dance or get someone to push your wheelchair, you can take part in the parade. It takes place in the Financial District of San Francisco at noon on April 1st. The whole point is to have this stupid thing happening right in the middle of all these people in suits going about their day and their business, and that's a huge part of the fun.

While you are in the parade, you can raise awareness for a cause you support, stage a protest, show off, be masked, put on a performance, or just walk along with everyone else and be confused as to what you are doing there. Any of those things just fit right in with the whole. It does help to dress up stupidly (WHATEVER that means to you), bring small toys and portable musical instruments, wear comfy shoes and carry some sort of sign. Funny hats and signs are a big part of the parade.

Got Your Stupid Outfit?

People often wonder what they should wear to the St Stupid parade. The best suggestion I ever heard was to open your clothes closet and drawers, then turn off your bedroom lights and put on the first three random items you grab in the dark, no matter what they are. That's really how the dress code for this sort of thing goes.

Or if you're into the hipster thing, be sure to dress up as something clever.

Witness the Sock Exchange!

Remember how I told you to bring along some old socks? Well, here's what happens to them during the parade: everyone goes to the SF Stock Exchange and throws them into the air. Then the entire parade marches off to the next station of Stupid. Leaving (potentially) hundreds of socks behind.

I'll confess, I like to bring along all my old single socks or ones with holes in them and get rid of them this way. There, I said it...

So... whaddaya think? - the stupid poll

Would you ever take part in St Stupid's Day?

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You get bonus points if you can post and tell us your very own personal adventures taking part in this special holiday! Or you can tell us about some stupid day you had all by yourself.

This Is It! - wait... what...?

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      When I visit a lensmaster I like to go to several pages in - not just the first few lenses. I am so glad I did that this time - otherwise I would have missed this great lens. We definitely need more time to be silly. I prefer that over "stupid." Pinned and blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well this is stupid...I just got here on the wrong end of the month....guess I'm not quite ready to make a commitment to St. Stupid's Day, congratulations on being among those chosen as the Best of Squidoo Silly Celebrations for April!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I think I've taken part before, but not officially. I love crazy hats and would love an occasion to wear them, the fool that I am. I was amused throughout. Thanks. I've got to get there some time.

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      Gala98 5 years ago

      never heard of this but I'm travelling next year so I may just have to come & join in! I do 'stupid' really well according to my niece :P

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I about grossed out when I thought the sock exchange meant that people exchanged the socks they were wearing. I'm sure glad you cleared that up for me.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Hey guys, watch this! (Last words of most stupid experiments!)

      Congratulations on making Best of Squidoo Silly celebrations for April. Blessed.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      This should be encouraged more - it might be a whole better world if we could laugh at ourselves and with each other at least on day a year. Blessings.

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      jayceehaynes 5 years ago

      no stories but nice lens :)