Saturday, December 12, 2009
Santarchy and Our Lady of Guadalupe
An annual street party consisting of roving, drunken Santas of both sexes began in San Francisco in the early 1990s, and of course the event has spread around the world (click here for their local website).
At 9th and Market Streets, there was a contingent of Santas waiting for a Muni bus...
...while a couple of blocks away, thousands of Mexican Catholics were marching up Van Ness in an annual procession commemorating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (click here).
The juxtaposition of devoted followers of Our Lady, Santa-clad revelers, and upscale families on their way to a San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker matinee was more than a little surreal.