The FM 1960 Parade Committee is proud to announce the return of the Budweiser Clydesdales. And that’s not all. This year’s Grand Marshal Scott McClelland, president of H-E-B’s Houston Division, will ride with them. The Clydesdales, shown below from our 2011 parade, have appeared in the 1960 parade several times in the past we are excited that they are back. The 2017 FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Parade is scheduled for Sunday, March 12 beginning at 2 pm.
According to the Budweiser website, the Clydesdales made their first 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.
The breed was first developed for farm work more than 300 years ago 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. They are capable of pulling a 1-ton load at 5 miles an hour.