Eccentric Austin icon remembered

Leslie Cochran (File Image)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Dozens of people spent Saturday evening celebrating an Austin icon who died in 2012.

Leslie Cochran was known around town for sporting a thong and his free spirited ways. He wanted to keep Austin weird… really weird.

Some of his biggest fans gathered at the South First Food Court on Saturday for the annual Leslie Fest. Tuesday, June 24 would have marked Leslie’s 63rd birthday.

“He’s part of this community,” Mark Hufschmid said. “I mean, he’s just like an icon. We’ve known him ever since he was hanging on Braker Lane and North Lamar. I mean, that’s ages ago. And we’d run into him. He’s always pleasant.”

Donations benefited some Leslie-related causes, including finishing the documentary about him called “Have Thong, Will Travel.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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