Mitchell Distributing will be bringing the eight-horse hitch, along with the famous red beer wagon, to the Mississippi Gulf Coast during their tour.
On Thursday, January 30th, the Clydesdales will parade downtown Gulfport with hitching to begin at 5 PM east of 23rd Avenue on 14th Street and the parade will start at 6 PM.
The next stop on the tour will be in Bay St. Louis on Friday, January 31st. The horses will hitch at 5 PM in front of the Depot on Blaize Avenue with the parade starting at 6 PM as well.
Lastly, the parades will conclude on Saturday, February 1st, in Ocean Springs. The crew will hitch at 2 PM on Jackson Avenue west of Ocean Avenue at 2 PM and the parade will begin at 3 PM and end at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center. Later that evening there will be a Budweiser beer pairing dinner at the Mary C. at 6 PM.
All downtown events in Gulfport, Biloxi, Bay St. Louis, and Ocean Springs will include delivering a case of beer to local downtown restaurants and bars as part of their parade route.
There will also be public viewing opportunities throughout their visit at Harrison County Fairgrounds on January 29th from 9 AM to 3 PM, January 30th from 9 AM to 3 PM, and January 31st from 9 AM to 12 PM.
To stay up to date with the parade routes and any other announcements, please visit Mitchell Distributing on Facebook and view the Budweiser Clydesdales Visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast event page.
Did you know?
- Each of the Clydesdales’ handcrafted harnesses and collars weigh approximately 130 pounds.
- The Budweiser Clydesdales are given short names, such as Duke, Mark and Bud, to make it easier for the driver to give commands to the horses during a performance.
- Budweiser Clydesdales’ horseshoes measure more than 20 inches from end to end and weigh about 5 pounds.
- Dalmatians were known as coach dogs because they ran between the wheels of coaches or carriages and were companions to the horses. Since the 1950s, Dalmatians have traveled with the Budweiser Clydesdales hitch, perched atop the wagon proudly seated next to the driver.
- The turn-of-the-century beer wagons have been meticulously restored and are kept in excellent condition. The wagons are equipped with two braking systems: a hydraulic pedal device that slows the vehicle for turns and downhill descents, and a hand-brake that locks the rear wheels when the wagon is at a halt.
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