PUNTA GORDA —  Budweiser Clydesdales will be trotting their stuff through out the city of Punta Gorda this Thursday, December 16th.

The Clydesdales made their way thru the city eight years ago. Thanks to Suncoast Beverage Sales and the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce they will be making a return appearance for the holidays!

The City Council proclaimed Dec. 16 as Budweiser Clydesdale Day.

The Clydesdales will arrive in the city around 3 p.m. in Punta Gorda’s downtown City Marketplace.

The hitch will depart at around 4 p.m. for a short parade around downtown. The tour will end on the lawn of TT’s Tiki Bar outside of Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside, 33 Tamiami Trail (northbound U.S. 41) in Punta Gorda.

The community is invited to come out and meet the horses and their riders, and take photos.

The Budweiser Clydesdales are a group of Clydesdale horses used for promotions and commercials by the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company. There are several “hitches” or teams of horses, that travel around the United States and other countries that remain in their official homes at the company headquarters at the Anheuser-Busch brewery complex in St. Louis, Missouri, or at Merrimack, New Hampshire At St. Louis, they are housed in a historic brick and stained-glass stable built in 1885. There are eight horses driven at any one time, but ten horses are on each team to provide alternates for the hitch when needed. Assorted Clydesdales are also used as animal actors in television commercials for Budweiser beer, particularly in Super Bowl ads.