Tampa, Florida – January 25, 2022 – The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make several appearances in the Bay area through January 29th, including one at the Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Additionally, the Clydesdales will also deliver beer to a lucky consumer’s home on Gasparilla eve.
The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon and will be part of the traditional Gasparilla Parade of Pirates in Tampa, on Saturday, January 29th, from 2 pm to 5 pm. Tampa Bay consumers will have the chance to view the Clydesdales wagon ride down historic Bayshore Boulevard – amidst piratic costumes and festive music. On Gasparilla eve, 2 pm, Friday the 28th, the “Gentle Giants,” as they are often referred to, will crash a house party and deliver cases of Budweiser. Consumers are invited to watch the beer delivery in person.
Full Clydesdales show schedule:
· Wednesday, January 26 – 3pm till 5 pm at Total Wine & More at 25535 Sierra Center Blvd, Lutz, FL 33559
· Friday, January 28 – 2pm till 4pm at Home Delivery at 833 S Willow Ave, Tampa, FL 33606 (no parking available as this is a residence, rideshare encouraged)
· Saturday, January 29 – 2 pm at Bayshore Blvd for Gasparilla Pirate Fest
“After taking off a year, we are especially excited and honored to have the Clydesdales in Tampa to celebrate the capture of the City of Tampa, once again.”, said Bill Gieseking, Director of Marketing at Pepin Distributing Company. “Our tradition of surprising a lucky consumer on Gasparilla Eve with a home delivery by these giants will continue this year as well. The winner was picked from online entries that was open to the public for about a month leading up to Gasparilla week.”, said Oytun Tutuncu, Interactive Marketing Manager at Pepin Distributing Company.
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, and 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. A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day. 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.