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Budweiser Clydesdales appearing in Rice Festival parade

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The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are scheduled to make an appearance in the 79th International Rice Festival parade on Saturday, Oct. 17.

The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon as it participates in the Rice Festival Grand Parade beginning at 3 p.m.

The Clydesdales' appearance coincides with the naming of Herbert E. "Herbie" Schilling II as honoree for this year's festival.

The Clydesdales made a scheduled appearance in the Rice Festival in 1965 when August Anheuser Busch III, great-grandson of Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch, was honored by the festival. They also made an appearance in 1998.

The Clydesdales' appearance in Crowley is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches.  Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800s. Today, the giant draft horses are used primarily for breeding and show.

Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least 3 years of age, stand approximately 18 hands - or 6 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.

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