Budweiser Clydesdale Parade

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make several appearances in Carmel on Friday, November 19, including a parade of sorts through the Carmel Arts & Design District and Midtown.

Eight of these beautiful horses will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon at the Kroger store on Range Line Road and be in place for visits and photo opportunities at 4 p.m. Shortly afterward, these “Gentle Giants” will parade through the streets of Carmel. 

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If you want to see the parade of horses along the route, the following locations will offer good visuals: Payless Liquors, Cancun Mexican Restaurant, Midtown Plaza and Old Town Tavern. Please note that the route will be dependent on timing and weather.  

The Clydesdales last visited Carmel in August, 2016, one of hundreds of visits made annually by the traveling hitches. Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800’s. 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, 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.

You will also see a dog on board. Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian, a breed that in the early days of brewing were trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.

If you miss the event on Friday, the Budweiser Clydesdales can also be viewed at Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, MO.; Merrimack, NH; and Ft. Collins, CO. 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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