CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) – Clemson police said the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will parade through downtown Clemson on August 28.
Police Chief Jimmy Dixon said the plan is to hitch up the horses at Tiger Park and then begin a parade through downtown Clemson starting at the Catherine Smith Plaza on College Avenue beginning at 8 p.m. The horses will go through downtown and turn right on Highway 93 and end their parade at the Esso Club.
Dixon said anyone who wants to see “these most fantastic horses and their carriage are being asked to stay on the sidewalks along both sides of College Avenue.” He added, “you will have plenty of visual space to take photographs from the sidewalk; no one will be allowed to pet the horses as stated by their handlers.”
The horses will make stops along the parade route to allow the opportunity for photographs.
The eight horses and their carriage will also make beer deliveries to downtown businesses during the event.
To conclude the event, sky-divers jumping onto the grounds of Tiger Park at approximately 9 p.m.
Budweiser released these details on the horses coming to town:
- 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 famous horses are also coming to Anderson in September.