Austin gave up its weird crown for a day on Sunday and went peculiar instead.

Director Tim Burton, an artist when it comes to both the peculiar and the weird, was in town for screenings of his new “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” at Fantastic Fest. Before the movie rolled, Austin director Robert Rodriguez presented on official proclamation from Mayor Steve Adler and the city declaring Sunday “Keep Austin Peculiar Day.”

“Austin has embraced those of us who never settled into the mainstream,” Rodriguez said during the presentation to Burton.

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The proclamation points out Austin’s celebration of artistic visions, from Fantastic Fest, recognized as the largest genre film fest in the U.S., to two other events also happening Sunday: long-running art and street fair Pecan Street Festival and the pop culture utopia that is Wizard World Comic Con.

“It’s great to be welcomed by the king of Austin,” Burton said. “Austin doesn’t need any proclamation to stay peculiar. You don’t need any help from me: Just keep going.”

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” opens in theaters on Friday. Fantastic Fest continues through Thursday.


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