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The Famous Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Florida, Find Out Where You Can Meet Them

The most famous horse-drawn beer wagon in the works is rolling into Florida, the six-horse Clydesdale hitch will be attending a number of events in the state, find out where.

The Famous Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Florida, Find Out Where You Can Meet Them

From the Prohibition era to Super Bowl commercials, there is perhaps nothing more iconic in Budweiser’s history than its team of Clydesdale horses.

More than just a mascot, the Clydesdales have been an integral part of Anheuser-Busch for more than 80 years, and the Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Florida, making a number of appearances in the Sunshine State in Naples, and around the Tampa Bay area.

The first appearance will be at the Swamp Buggy Parade on Sat, 20 January, in Naples, with the Budweiser Clydesdales participating in the Swamp Buggy Parade. 

Next up, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be at Cypress Town Center, Grand Cypress Dr, Lutz on Wed, 24 January, between 2 and 4 pm.

The following day, Thu, 25 January, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be at Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, between 4.15 and 6.15 pm.

The Budweiser Clydesdales will then close out their Florida trip with an appearance at the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates in Tampa, on 27 January.

The Famous Budweiser Clydesdales

To properly prepare the Clydesdales for their appearances, a team of dedicated handlers oversees their care. Expert groomers travel on the road with the hitch at least 10 months out of the year. Another team oversees their diet; each hitch horse will consume as much as 20 to 25 quarts of whole grains, minerals and vitamins, 50 to 60 pounds of hay, and up to 30 gallons of water on a warm day.

When it comes time to travel to an appearance, 10 horses; the famous red, white, and gold beer wagon; and other essential equipment are transported in three 50-foot tractor-trailers. Cameras mounted in the trailers are connected to monitors in the cabs that enable the drivers to keep a watchful eye on their precious cargo during transport. Air-cushioned suspension and thick rubber flooring in the trailers ease the rigors of traveling. The team stops each night at local stables so the “gentle giants” can rest.

The team also travels with hitch drivers, who endure a lengthy training process before they assume the prestigious role of a Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch Driver. Driving the combined 12 tons of wagon and horses requires expert skill and physical strength. The 40 pounds of lines held by the driver plus the tension of the horses pulling creates a weight of more than 75 pounds.

When they’re not making appearances around the country, the Budweiser Clydesdales also continue to be marketing stalwarts for Anheuser-Busch. They first appeared in the Super Bowl in 1975, and have since appeared in countless Super Bowl commercials for the company.

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The Famous Budweiser Clydesdales

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