Budweiser Clydesdales coming to NKY
BELLEVUE, Ky. (WKRC) - Ten Clydedales, a 12-ton wagon, and a dalmation are coming to Northern Kentucky to celebrate and honor the 85th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition.
The Budweiser Clydesdales will be arriving at The Party Source in Bellevue on November 28th. They will also be celebrating a limited collaboration between Budweiser and Jim Beam.
"It's an honor to host the world-renowned Budweiser Clydesdales in celebration of both the 25th anniversary of The Party Source and the 85th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. It's also a chance to celebrate a unique collaboration between two of our biggest brands. We can't think of a better way to kick off the holiday season!" Matt Found, Beer Buyer & Department Manager
Prohibition was repealed on December 5th, 1933. Here is a brief history provided by Budweiser of how that day inspired the tradition of the Clydesdales:
In April 1933, August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch III surprised their father, August A. Busch, Sr., with the gift of a six-horse Clydesdale hitch to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition of beer.
Realizing the marketing potential of a horse-drawn beer wagon, the company also arranged to have a second six-horse Clydesdale hitch sent to New York to mark the event. The Clydesdales drew a crowd of thousands on their way to the Empire State Building. After a small ceremony, a case of Budweiser was presented to former Governor Alfred E. Smith in appreciation of his years of service in the fight against Prohibition.
This hitch continued a tour of New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, thrilling thousands, before stopping in Washington, D.C., in April 1933 to reenact the delivery of one of the first cases of Budweiser to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Shortly after the hitch was first introduced, the six-horse Clydesdale team increased to eight. On March 30, 1950, in commemoration of the opening of the Anheuser-Busch Newark Brewery, a Dalmatian was introduced as the Budweiser Clydesdales’ mascot. Now, a Dalmatian travels with each of the Clydesdale hitches.