Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Philadelphia

clydesdales budweiser made in america
Credit: Budweiser

In advance of the Made in America Festival on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend, Budweiser’s team of Clydesdales will be clomping through the city over the next three days – and residents are invited to come out and meet the giant brand ambassadors.

Eight Clydesdales will march in full hitch with a restored turn-of-the-century beer wagon in tow 6 p.m. Wednesday at 7544 Frankford Ave. in Northeast Philadelphia, 7 p.m.; Thursday at 2120 Fairmount Ave. in Fairmount; and 4 p.m. Friday outside the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Hall, 11630 Caroline Rd.

Requirements to join the elite hitch team are nearly as steep as those needed to play in the Made in America Festival.

Each Budweiser Clydesdale must be a gelding of at least 4 years of age, stand 72 inches at the shoulder when fully mature, weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds, and have a bay coat with four white legs, a white blaze and a black mane and tail.

The horses also come with quite a backstage rider – each Clydesdale consumes 20 to 25 quarts of whole grains, minerals and vitamins, in addition to 50 to 60 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water daily.

The origins of the Budweiser Clydesdales date all the way back to 1933, when A. Busch Jr. and Adolphus Busch III surprised their father with the gift of a six-horse hitch to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition.

The horses made their first public appearance April 7, 1933, in New York City, where they marched to the Empire State Building and presented a case of Budweiser to former Gov. Alfred E. Smith “in appreciation of his years of service in the fight against Prohibition,” according to the company.

The six-horse hitch was soon increased to eight, and a Dalmatian was added to the team on March 30, 1950, during the celebration of the opening of Newark Brewery.

The canine mascot now travels with each hitch as they appear at events around the country.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Easter 2014: The year's best bonnets

It's Easter, and that means it's time for Fifth Avenue to turn into a veritable catwalk of bonnet-wearers. The annual march, which kicks off at…

Local

Woman arrested for attempted kidnapping of baby in…

Authorities said that a Queens woman behind an attempted kidnapping of an 8-month-old baby boy was arrested on Saturday.

Local

Hate crime charge in attack on Sikh Columbia…

A man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after he allegedly pulled the beard of a Sikh Columbia University professor as part…

Local

NYPD arrest man after finding body inside plastic…

Police said they found a man stuffed inside a plastic container in a Brooklyn home. Authorities arrested Joshua Simser, 24, in connection to the death

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

The Word

Miley Cyrus cancels more dates, tweeting from hospital

Miley Cyrus is reportedly so sick that she's had to postpone more tour dates. We know this because she has been sitting in a hospital…

Music

Loop are, er, um, back in the loop

Experimental noise rock band Loop's three mid-1980s to early-1990s albums, “Heavens End,” “Fade Out” and “A Gilded Eternity,” were mercifully reissued.

NHL

Rangers blow two-goal lead in Game 2 loss…

The Rangers got out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and the Garden was rocking. But it went downhill quickly from there.

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.