Since April 7, 1933, the Clydesdale horses have been a symbol of excellence for Anheuser Busch and a beloved part of our pop culture. Just the mere mentioning of the name Budweiser Clydesdales conjures up images of majestic creatures hooked to a red Budweiser truck or wagon, with the trusted Dalmatian along for the ride. And, it’s this charming image that Sacramento, Placer and Nevada County residents can witness in person later this week.
According to VisitAuburn.com, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be visiting this region from May 20th through May 24th. Eight of the company’s finest Clydesdales will be hitched to a red Budweiser wagon and making appearances with an adorable Dalmatian at the following times and locations:
- Wednesday, May 20th from 3:00PM-5:00PM in Old Sacramento
- Thursday, May 21st from 5:00PM-7:00PM in Old Roseville
- Friday, May 22nd All Day at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn
- Saturday, May 23rd from 5:00PM-7:00PM at Mill and Main Streets in Grass Valley
- Sunday, May 24th from 1:00PM-3:00PM at the Fountains of Roseville
The Budweiser Clydesdales spend 10 months a year traveling around the country and making appearances. These horses travel in hitches, which typically consist of eight to ten horses. Each horse weighs an average of 1,800 to 2,300 pounds, stands at least 18 hands (6 feet) at the shoulder, and are at least four years old. Additionally, they must have a bay coat, four white legs, a white blaze, black mane and a black tail according the company’s official site.
This traveling tradition began in the 1940’s. The Dalmatian dog didn’t start traveling with the Clydesdales until the early 1950’s. When not traveling, they can be seen at the company’s breweries, Grant’s Farm or at the 300-acre Warm Springs Ranch.
Another popular tradition for the Budweiser Clydesdales, is the annual TV commercial that’s played during the Super Bowl. These ads are often the most endearing commercial during the highly anticipated Super Bowl commercial lineup. This Super Bowl tradition began back in 1986 and it has become a major reason why these horses are so adored.
If you live in this region, visiting these magnificent horses would make for a great family outing over the Memorial Day weekend