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Mar. 9 – St. Pat’s is Almost Here! World Renowned Budweiser Clydesdales to Appear in Parade

Category: Hospitality & Tourism

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 9, 2017 - The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make several appearances in the area on March 17, 2017, including one at the Savannah Mall on March 15th, 2017 in conjunction with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah.

The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon at the Savannah Mall in Savannah, GA on March 15, 2017 arriving at 11:00am.   On March 15, 2017, the “Gentle Giants,” as they are often referred to, will participate in the Mini Parade in the parking lot.  The King of Beers Parade begins at 12:00pm.

Other opportunities to see the Famous Budweiser Clydesdales next week include:

Tuesday, March 14th from 10:00am to 6:00pm at Southern Eagle Distributing, 1320 US 80W; Savannah, Ga. (Open to Public)

Wednesday, March 15th from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Savannah Mall

Thursday, March 16th from 10:00am to 6:00pm at Southern Eagle Distributing, 1320 US 80W; Savannah, Ga.  (Open to Public)

Friday, March 17th St. Patrick’s Day Parade Savannah, Ga.

Saturday, March 18th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm in Old Town Bluffton, SC on Calhoun Street for a King of Beers Parade

Sunday, March 19th from 10:00am to 6:00pm at Southern Eagle Distributing, 1320 US 80W; Savannah, Ga.  (Open to Public)

The Clydesdales’ appearance in Savannah is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches.  Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800s.  Today, the giant draft horses are used primarily for breeding and show.

Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands – or six feet – at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white legs, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail.  A gentle temperament is very important as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.

A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.

Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian.  In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.

The Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo.; Merrimack, N.H.; and Ft. Collins, Colo.  They also may be viewed at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-plus acre Clydesdale breeding farm located near Boonville, Mo.

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