The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will march in UMR’s annual St. Pat’s Parade, Saturday, March 13, in downtown Rolla.
The theme for the 2004 St. Pat’s Parade is "The World’s Greatest Cities." It begins at 11 a.m. and is sponsored by the St. Pat’s Celebration Committee.
Owning about 250 horses, Anheuser-Busch is home of the largest Clydesdale herd in the world. The first team of Budweiser Clydesdales was a gift given to August A. Busch Sr. and Anheuser-Busch to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition on April 7, 1933. That same day, the herd thundered down Pestalozzi Street in St. Louis carrying the first case of post-Prohibition beer from the St. Louis Brewery.
About 40 foals are born each year at the company’s two breeding locations in St. Louis and Menifee, Calif. At birth, a Clydesdale weighs about 150 pounds, growing to a weight of 2,000 to 3,000 pounds. A Clydesdale consumes 50-60 pounds of hay, 20-25 quarts of feed and up to 30 gallons of water daily.