The Budweiser Clydesdales
1100 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Bradenton & Palmetto
Experience the Budweiser Clydesdale Horses at the 3rd Annual Bradenton Area River Regatta.
11:00am – Arrival in Bradenton at 9th Street West.
The harnessing of the 8 to 10 team group of Clydesdales begins, along with the preparation of their famous Budweiser wagon and mascot dog! This will take about one hour and is open to the public. You'll find them at the start of the Green Bridge on the Bradenton Side.
12:15pm - Green Bridge March
At approximately 12:15pm the Budweiser Clydesdale's will march north across the green bridge on the spectator side of the Regatta.
12:30pm - 3:30pm
This extraordinary mile long journey will end at the base of the bridge in Palmetto where the Budweiser Clydesdale's will have a special photo session meet and greet with the public.
From the Budweiser website . . .
"They heralded a new era of prosperity for Anheuser-Busch, and a weary nation’s return to optimism. From their first appearance in 1933 to their enduring presence on the American landscape, the Clydesdales are more than the symbol of Budweiser beer; they are the living embodiment of America’s great industrial spirit.
More than 300 years ago, this imposing breed was first developed for farm work in the region of Clydesdale, Scotland. They are most easily recognized for their substantial feather — the long hairs of the lower leg that cover the hooves. Despite a dressy appearance, they are capable of pulling a 1-ton load at 5 MPH.
The Budweiser Clydesdales made their first-ever appearance on April 7, 1933. A gift from August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch to their father in celebration of the repeal of Prohibition, the presentation of the original two six-horse hitches of champion Clydesdales moved father, sons and drivers to tears. The phrase “crying in your beer” was officially coined shortly thereafter.
No strangers to television broadcasts and parades, the Budweiser Clydesdales have figured prominently in two Presidential inaugurations. They appeared in Missouri native Harry Truman’s inaugural parade in 1949, and then again for Bill Clinton’s in 1993.
In 1950, the Budweiser Clydesdales received their very own mascot: the Dalmatian. Traditionally used to guide horse-drawn fire carts, this spotted dog serves as friend and companion to the team, sitting aside the driver."
Don't miss this opportunity to see The Budweiser Clydesdales begining at 11:00 a.m.