Sending out giant, inflatable “Fly Guys,” -- colorful blow-up figures for different occasions -- used to mark everything from open houses to beer-drinking contests. Before last fall, floppy orange balloon men or cuddly, inflatable teddy bears were considered up to the job. These days, however, Fly Guys" being made of sterner stuff, invariably wear a different sort of uniform. Previously, reserved for such American holidays as Fourth of July, the inflatable the Uncle Sam Fly Guy became a popular choice among post-9/11 Austin party throwers. Now their patriotic color scheme festoons such events as the Pecan Street Festival with the requisite red, white, and blue.
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