"The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence believe there is no dress code for charity work," says Sister Phyllis Stein.
For years the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have been raising money - and eyebrows - but now they've ignited anger by planning a street party for Easter Sunday.
"We've survived persecution in Rome," said one man, "I'm sure we can survive 30 gay entertainers."
Many church members urged San Francisco's Board of Supervisors to reverse it decision to let the sisters close a city street for their Easter party. "What if the Ku Klux Klan had a march on Martin Luther King day? said Father Joseph Fessio.
The sisters were there too, though not in costume.
After hours of debate, the Board decided it was a matter of first amendment rights and voted to let the sisters go ahead. But the openly gay president of the Board, Tom Ammiano, was criticized for letting the issue get out of hand. "Where was your leadership?" asked Supervisor Alicia Becerril.
Ammiano answered, "As a lifelong Catholic and as an affirmed gay man, I'm pulled in several kinds of directionsÂ… Supervisor Becerril, I say to you: 'Walk a mile in my pumps!"
All this in a city named after St. Francis.