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SXSW: That viral 'DO NOT MOVE HERE' plane photo is not real

Maribel Molina
Fans watch Priests perform at the FLOODFest part at Cedar Street Courtyard during SXSW on Tuesday March 12, 2019. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

It's become an annual tradition for locals to ask those visiting Austin for SXSW not to move to the city. But no, there was no plane in the Austin sky bearing the same message for festgoers. 

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A photo appearing to show a plane flying a banner that reads "DO NOT MOVE HERE" above the famous Frost Tower has spread on sites like Reddit, but it didn't actually happen. According to a 2018 KVUE report, a local photographer named Xavier Garner created the altered photo, which quickly took off online. The image resurfaced again this year with the start of the festival this past weekend. 

#sxsw#austin Please don’t move here. The water smells

— Megan (@Megan98070367)March 11, 2019

Don't worry fellow Austinites: SXSW 2019 comes to an end Sunday, March 17. Until then, we've got a handy list of places to eat to avoid the festival madness. 

COMPLETE COVERAGE: South by Southwest 2019