World-Famous Budweiser Clydesdales Returning to Tuscaloosa Next Month
The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales will return to Tuscaloosa next month for a small parade and several other events, all of which will benefit the Salvation Army.
Adams Beverages, a Tuscaloosa drink distributor, announced the news in a press release distributed to local media Tuesday morning.
Maddie Hyatt, a spokesperson for the company, said the world-famous Clydesdales will make four appearances in Tuscaloosa early next month, from December 7th until December 10th.
The powerful horses have been a symbol for Anheuser-Busch since prohibition ended in 1933, according to the release, and were last in Tuscaloosa in 2019.
Hyatt said the Clydesdales will first appear at two local grocery stores before playing prominent roles at two local events.
"To begin their Tuscaloosa tour, they will arrive at the Winn Dixie at 10 McFarland Blvd on Dec. 7th from 3-5 PM and the Piggly Wiggly at 641 Bear Creek Rd. on Dec. 8th from 4-6 PM, both proud partners of Anheuser-Busch products," she wrote. "The giant horses, along with their iconic beer wagon, will be present for a trot and photo opportunities for attendees."
Hyatt said all Piggly Wiggly and Winn Dixie locations in the city will have large Budweiser displays out from now until the end of the year where generous patrons can donate canned food to the Salvation Army.
The horses will then attend a luncheon for First Responders at Druid City Social on Greensboro Avenue on Friday, Dec. 9th from 1-3 PM. Lunch will be provided for free to police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders, and Adams Beverages will be offering day-fresh Budweiser.
Finally, the Clydesdales will end their tour by leading their red, white and gold beer wagon in a parade through downtown Tuscaloosa on Saturday, December 10th.
"The parade will start at 2 PM at Government Plaza, on 6th Street in front of the courthouse," Hyatt said. "The Clydesdales will carry Budweiser on their hitch to deliver to bars and restaurants, and attendees can witness the magic of the Clydesdales."
"The Clydesdales will trot from Government Plaza, down 21st Ave to 7th Street stopping at Innisfree, then continuing down University. They will trot from 22nd Ave down to 4th Street, stopping in front of Nocturnal Tavern to honor Scott Harless, and then they will turn down 23rd Ave to 6th Street. Finally, they will return to the Courthouse, where there will be a short photo opportunity with the Clydesdales in front of the Tinsel Trail, helping attendees get into the holiday spirit," she continued.
Majors Timothy and Bethany Delaney are the co-directors of the Salvation Army locally, and will ride in the hitch drawn by the horses during the parade.
“We would like to thank Adams Beverages for their generosity and support of the Salvation Army," the Delaneys said in the release. ":We hope the Clydesdales will emphasize the spirit of giving this holiday season.
“What an exciting opportunity to bring the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales to Tuscaloosa,” said Amy Adams, Director of Sales at Adams Beverages. “As a family business since 1937, it gives us great joy to be able to give back to the communities we serve. We represent family and are honored to be a part of this community. Thank you to Anheuser-Busch and all our local retailers who are contributing to the success of these events!”
One more time, the four local appearances for the Clydesdales are as follows:
- Winn Dixie, 10 McFarland Boulevard, on Dec. 7th from 3 - 5 p.m.
- Piggly Wiggly, 641 Bear Creek Road, on Dec. 8th from 4 - 6 p.m.
- First Responders luncheon at Druid City Social, 301 Greensboro Avenue, on Dec. 9th from 1 - 3 p.m.
- Downtown Tuscaloosa Holiday Parade to benefit the Salvation Army on Dec. 10th from 2 - 4 p.m.