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The King of Beers

 

The ever-popular Budweiser Clydesdales returned to the Fort Myers area last week, kicking off their visit with a return to the Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade.

The massive horses — the living symbol for Anheuser-Busch beer company since 1933 — made various other stops around Southwest Florida, including an eight-horse “full hitch” walk through the Historic Downtown River District, where you-know-who couldn’t resist a selfie!

Some info for trivia buffs: In order to qualify for the World Famous Budweiser hitch, a Clydesdale must stand at least 18 hands high (or 6 feet tall) and weigh between 1,800 – 2,300 pounds. All Budweiser Clydesdales have a bay-colored coat, four white stockings, a blaze of white on their face, a black mane and a black tail. Each of the geldings consume as much as 20 – 25 quarts of whole grains, minerals and vitamins, 50 – 60 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.

Every hitch travels with a Dalmatian dog — a throwback to the early days of beer brewing, when Dalmatians were bred and trained to guard the wagon and horses while out on beer deliveries.

To learn more fun facts about the Budweiser Clydesdales, click here!

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