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Budweiser Clydesdales Are in Southwest Florida

What's the History Behind Them?
2:44 PM, Oct 25, 2018

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Chloe Nordquist

The Budweiser Clydesdales are back in Southwest Florida.

But why all the hype?

Budweiser Clydesdales Are in Southwest Florida

For starters, these horses are massive — at four years old they have to stand at least 72 inches and weight between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds.

They remind people of the end of prohibition. In April 1933, August Busch Jr. gave his dad a hitch. That’s eight Clydesdales pulling a red, white, and gold beer wagon and that’s when they thought it would make a good marketing campaign.

Now, some Clydesdales could be called celebrities in the horse circle appearing in Super Bowl ads. That started back in 1986.

If you want to see them this weekend, they’ll make an appearance in downtown Fort Myers Thursday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Cape Coral Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fort Myers Beach on Saturday, and Alva from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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