A man dressed up as Jesus Christ attended the AIDS Walk in Los Angeles, Calif. over the weekend, standing next to protesters of the walk while holding a bundle of red balloons. Photos of the man have since gone viral on the internet, including user sharing websites such as Reddit and Facebook.
The photo shows a man dressed like Jesus, wearing a long white robe and having long, brown hair past his shoulders. The "Jesus Christ" impersonator stood on the sidewalk next to protesters who held signs that read, in part: "homo sex is sin." The impersonator carried along with him over one dozen red balloons that were reportedly meant to block the protesters from the view of those participating in the event.
The protesters reportedly attend the event every year to show their opposition to the homosexual lifestyle. As Los Angeles-based journalist Brody Brown told The Huffington Post, the event's organizers usually try to find a way to position them off of the main walk so they don't distract participants. "It was kind of amazing seeing Jesus posing with a cluster of red balloons, early on in the L.A. AIDS Walk, just after the masses turned off Santa Monica down La Cienega," Brown told The Huffington Post.
The man dressed as Jesus at the walk is reportedly well-known Los Angeles-area impersonator Kevin Lee Light, who has been dressing up as Jesus and touring the streets of the West Coast city for years. He has become such a staple of Los Angeles' pop culture scene that he introduced rap artist "The Game" at the launch party for his new album, "Jesus Piece" late last year.
Thousands of participants were drawn to West Hollywood on Sunday for its annual AIDS Walk, the largest AIDS fundraising event for Southern California. The purpose of the walk is to donate money to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and awareness programs through the organization AIDS Project L.A. The event was attended by Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, actor Wayne Brady, and health celebrity Richard Simmons, among others. Since the walk began in 1984, it has reportedly raised $75 million for AIDS research.