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The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make several appearances in Downtown Arlington Heights at Vail Avenue and Campbell Street on Wednesday, July 24, 5-7 p.m. This Clydesdale Parade is sponsored by CITY Beverage Arlington Heights.
The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon on Vail Avenue, adjacent to Harmony Park in the Downtown on July 24 from 4-5 p.m. On-street parking on Vail, between Sigwalt and Campbell, will be prohibited from 2-8 p.m. on July 24. Access to the Vail parking garage will remain open, as will all other on-street parking in the Downtown.
After the hitching process is concluded, the “Gentle Giants,” as they are often called, will parade through the Downtown from 5-7 p.m., making stops for deliveries to several Downtown restaurants.
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The Clydesdales will make two loops through the Downtown traveling north on Vail Avenue (by Harmony Park) to the Kiss N’ Ride and Payton Run areas just south of the Downtown Train Station. The parade will go east through the Kiss N Ride and Payton Run to Evergreen Avenue, south on Evergreen to Sigwalt Street, turn north on Dunton Avenue and then west on Campbell Street back to Harmony Park. The Clydesdales’ appearance in Arlington Heights is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches. 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.
Don’t drink alone, and don’t drink and drive. A big crowd is expected as the weather forecast is ideal.
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Here is THE CLYDESDALE HITCH SCHEDULE nearby for July 2013 …
07/24: Arlington Heights Showing – Grayslake, IL
07/25: Antioch Showing – Grayslake, IL
07/26: Rosemount Showing – Grayslake, IL
07/27: Lake County Fair – Grayslake, IL
07/28: Lake County Fair – Grayslake, IL
If you miss them, the Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo.; Merrimack, N.H.; and Ft. Collins, Colo. They also may be viewed at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-plus acre Clydesdale breeding farm located near Boonville, Mo.
Budweiser 2013 Super Bowl Ad featuring the Clydesdales.
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