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The World's Largest Texas Flag is a Texas flag used by the Alpha Rho chapter of Alpha Phi Omega (ΑΦΩ or APO) at the University of Texas at Austinmarker in displays at football pre-game shows, at pep rallies, or for other purposes.

The World's Largest Texas Flag during a pre-game flag run


Current Flags

Three Texas Flags are in use:

Field Flag

The largest flag is used for pre-game "flag runs" at all home football games, at the annual Red River Shootout game, and at bowl games as allowed by bowl management. It measures 75 feet in length and 125 feet in width (23 by 38 metres), and is the first of the flags to have the proper 3:5 ratio. This flag was purchased in 1991.

Drop Flag

A smaller flag without handles is used for pep rallies, Texas Independence Day and other special events that take place in front of the university's Main Buildingmarker. Its measurements are 66' in length and 120' in width. The flag is lowered from the President's Balcony. This flag was purchased in the mid-1970s, and was originally used as a field flag.the

Parade Flag

A much smaller flag with handles to be used for the Texas-OU Torchlight Parade, other parades in Austinmarker as requested, and for flag runs before some home basketball games. This flag was purchased in 1998.and its length is 91 ft the width is 51 ft

History

The original flag was given to Texas governor Price Daniel by Mississippi governor Ross Barnett during the halftime show of the 1962 Cotton Bowl (after which Texas beat Ole Miss 12-7). The flag was meant as a gesture of southern hospitality from the citizens of Mississippi to the citizens of Texas. Governor Daniel later gave the flag to the Longhorn Band. The band later, however, returned the flag to the university where it eventually made its way to the men's athletic department. The next football season, APO was asked to run the flag and the first APO flag run was at the Thanksgiving day game in 1962 against Texas A&M. The original Texas flag measured 17 yards by 30 yards (51 feet by 90 feet). The second Texas flag was made and came into APO's possession around 1966. Unfortunately not much is known about this flag because the records have not survived. It is assumed to be roughly the same size as the first flag.

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