Crazy Carl Hickerson Hangs Up His Man Boobs And Retires From 6th Street

Downtown Austin just got a little less weird, as beloved character Crazy Carl will no longer be spinning flowers in front of Esther’s Follies. As of this weekend, he has retired in order to spend more time with his partner, Charlotte, reports Austin 360.

Carl spent a total of 40 years twirling flowers, 25 of which were spent on 6th Street. Fans had one last chance to see him do his thing on Saturday night, and Austin 360 was there to capture the evening for an incredibly moving slideshow. had the privilege to get to know Carl and his story through a feature that we published about him last year when a local group produced the documentary “Crazy Carl and his Man Boobs.” Check out the article for more about Carl and how you can watch the documentary online.

Thanks for always being you, Carl.

Celebrating the man, the myth, the amazing CARL with his last night of shows! #esthersfollies #carlandhismanboobs ?

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Featured photo: Crazy Carl Hickerson. Screenshot from Crazy Carl And His Man-Boobs: An Austin Love Story, a documentary by Beef & Pie Productions.