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The Austin City Limits festival flags have taken their rightful place in Zilker Park heading into what would have been one of the festival's weekends before the coronavirus brought coordinators to cancel the festival for a virtual one.


The flags, put up on Wednesday, will decorate the park until Sunday, when the virtual festival is scheduled to end, according to Fresh and Clean Media director of publicity Sandee Fenton.

In an email to Austonia, Fenton said the beloved ACL fest flags were installed with help from the Austin Parks Foundation in Zilker Park as public art and a reminder that ACL is continuing to entertain, as well as advocate for and improve parks around Austin. Fenton said the flags were put up in consultation with the Public Health Department with hand sanitizing stations nearby.

Michael Oliva, who was enjoying the flags with his son, said even though he will miss the festival this year, he knows the cancelation is better for the community.

"It's safer for the community right now, just given our current circumstance with the population that usually comes into town (and the) close contact," Oliva said. "I think it's just the best way to do things right now."

For Joe Perricone and Mirezha Guevara, who attended the festival last year, the flags represent a sense of positivity and normalcy in the community.

"It feels like they're still trying to have that feeling, getting us outside; and trying to get us ready for next year," Perricone said. "(The flags) kind of help put Austin on the map and reinforce the positivity of the community."

Virtual ACL will begin 7 p.m. Friday and continue in the evenings through Sunday via YouTube.

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ACL announces virtual lineup


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