Budweiser Clydesdale Experience at the Lake at Event Centre, downtown Beaumont, Feb 7th

Budweiser Clydesdale

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make several appearances in Beaumont and Port Arthur throughout the week of the Southeast Texas Mardi Gras from Feb. 5-11.

Del Papa Distributing in collaboration with the City of Beaumont will host “Budweiser Clydesdale Experience at the Lake” at the Event Centre in downtown Beaumont on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 3-7 p.m.

Jeffrey Wheeler, director of marketing for Del Papa Distributing, said, “We encourage everyone to spend an evening in downtown Beaumont with great food, delicious Budweiser beer, amazing entertainment and some of the most majestic animals in the world.”

The eight horses will be hitched to the famous red beer wagon. The public is invited to come view the “gentle giants” up close and personal. Del Papa Distributing will provide complimentary “Day Fresh” Budweiser, and there will be a “Bud n’ Burgers” food station set up with burgers and links available for purchase.

Between the hours of 4-5 p.m., the Clydesdales will participate in a Budweiser beer delivery to the offices of Richard Industrial Group in downtown Beaumont. Musical entertainment will be provided both inside and outside of the Event Centre by Still Cruisin’ along with Jimmy Simmons & The Dixie Land Band.

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 6 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 a black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is very important as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.

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.