Beer lovers and equestrian enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to witness one of the world’s most famous team of horses in action this week.
The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to downtown Mount Pleasant Thursday.
They will begin pulling the iconic red Budweiser wagon at the corner of Broadway and Main Street at 4 p.m.
Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller said the eight-horse team will parade through University, Illinois, Broadway and Main Streets.
Participants will be able to pet the horses and ask the hitch team questions about the animals, Sponseller said.
The event is free of charge.
“It’s a great event to come on down, take some pictures and spend an evening downtown,” she said.
Fabiano Brothers, a family-owned beer and wine company, booked the horses and decided to bring them to Mount Pleasant.
The Mount Pleasant area was the corporate home for the company for many years, Fabiano Brothers Retail Communicator Josh French said in an e-mailed statement.
The horses will pull their beer wagon in celebration of the Fabiano Brothers’ new beer and wine distribution center in Bay City, as well as their 125th year in business.
“It’s amazing what a team of great big horses will do. They’re iconic as far as animals go,” Sponseller said. “You put pictures of Budweiser Clydesdales up and people instantly know what it is.”
She said her office has already received a lot of positive feedback from the community.
“It’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime event,” she said. “The reality is the chances of us bringing them back in town are slim at best.”
French said the horses were booked more than six months in advance.
“Appearances from them are sure to be a first class event, from the perfect grooming of the Clydesdales to the family friendly showings for the community,” he said. “It really is top notch.”
He said the Budweiser Clydesdales are symbolic of the rich history tied to Anheuser-Busch.
“We are honored to be able to show our appreciation to the community by bringing them to downtown Mount Pleasant for this family friendly event,” French said.