The Budweiser Clydesdales Are Coming to Town!

The iconic Clydesdales will be in the Cape and Perryville area June 19 - 22 for multiple events.

Shawn Patterson of River Eagle Distributing in Cape Girardeau tells us plans to bring the Clydesdales to this area began over a year ago. Patterson made an official request to have the Clydesdale team lead a Parade for the Bikers on The Square event held in Perryville on June 21st. With the high demand across the country for appearances by the Clydesdales a request for appearance does not guarantee approval. Patterson said the notice of approval was received just 90 days prior to the date of the event.


The last time Budweiser presented the Clydesdale team to Cape Girardeau was for the official opening of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, December 2003. Patterson is planning a number of events to capitalize on this once in a “blue moon” opportunity.

On Thursday, June 19th the Clydesdales will be at the Schnuck’s parking lot. River Eagle also has a tasting event and photo opportunities planned for the general public in conjunction with the Schnucks appearance.

On Friday, June 20th there will be a Hitch presentation and a tasting event in Perryville at Schemel Stables . On Saturday morning, June 21st, the Clydesdales will lead a parade into Perryville, MO to kick off the Bikers on the Square event. This second annual Bikers on the Square event is expected to draw around 10,000 bikes since last year’s first event drew over 5000.

Patterson is excited about the final event scheduled for Sunday June 22nd . One lucky winner of the Free Home Delivery Sweepstakes Contest will have The Clydesdales Team deliver a Free Case of Budweiser to their home. Entry to the Sweepstakes can only be made at Schnucks Store in Cape or online at

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 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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