Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Cape

“From their first appearance in 1933 to their enduring presence on the American landscape, the Clydesdales are more than the symbol of Budweiser beer; they are the living embodiment of America’s great industrial spirit.”

 Cape Girardeau welcomes back the Budweiser Clydesdales April 2 through 8 to enjoy a week of fun with stops in multiple locations thanks to the fine folks at River Eagle & Drury Hotels.

The Budweiser Clydesdales arrive in Cape Girardeau on Monday April 2nd and will be stabled at Arena Park. Tuesday they are scheduled for a private event and Wednesday is a rest day. There are a few scheduled activities open to the public beginning on Friday April 6th. The horses will be in Capaha Park prior to the Southeast Missouri State University Baseball game on Friday April 6th. The plan is to have the horses near Capaha field at approximately 5pm until the start of the baseball game.

On Saturday, April 7th at 3pm the Clydesdales will be led by police escort through downtown Cape. The route will begin and end at the parking lot on Merriwether Street (used by the Farmer’s Market).

On Sunday, April 8th there will be a single horse showing at Dirt Cheap (420 S Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701) at 1:00PM.

There is the possibility of a couple other events which have yet to be finalized, so be sure to check back with us for updates.


 A bit of trivia about the Clydesdales:

According to the Budweiser website “More than 300 years ago, this imposing breed was first developed for farm work in the region of Clydesdale, Scotland. They are most easily recognized for their substantial feather — the long hairs of the lower leg that cover the hooves. Despite a dressy appearance, they are capable of pulling a 1-ton load at 5 MPH. 

The Budweiser Clydesdales made their first-ever appearance on April 7, 1933. A gift from August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch to their father in celebration of the repeal of Prohibition, the presentation of the original two six-horse hitches of champion Clydesdales moved father, sons and drivers to tears. The phrase “crying in your beer” was officially coined shortly thereafter.

No strangers to television broadcasts and parades, the Budweiser Clydesdales have figured prominently in two Presidential inaugurations. They appeared in Missouri native Harry Truman’s inaugural parade in 1949, and then again for Bill Clinton’s in 1993. 

In 1950, the Budweiser Clydesdales received their very own mascot: the Dalmatian. Traditionally used to guide horse-drawn fire carts, this spotted dog serves as friend and companion to the team, sitting aside the driver.

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