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Clydesdales Parade Through Downtown

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Saratoga today to watch the Budweiser Clydesdales parade from Congress Park to the Lake Ave Fire House.

"This is so exciting," exclaimed a bystander as children, adults and business owners ran down the streets taking pictures and videos of the gorgeous horses. (Your DBA Coordinators Included).

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This was the Budweiser Clydesdales first time back in downtown Saratoga after 15 years. The inspiration for their return was explained by Saratoga Eagle President Jeff Vukelic once the horses arrived at the firehouse.

"We had a major fire at our facility this past Christmas and these brave men and women were there to put out the fire. And, without these heroes in our town we wouldn't be able to bring you cold Budweiser on the holidays," Vukelic said.

The eight-horse hitch were led by Bandit, 8 years old, and Beck, 7 years old. When it comes to placement in the hitch, the horses are assembled by size with the biggest horses in the back.

Bandit (left) Beck (right)

The 2,000-pound animals are fed mostly hay and are not to be touched while they are "working," however, they did stand patiently as dozens of families took pictures.

President of the Downtown Business Association, Deann Devitt said seeing the Clydesdales march downtown during lunchtime was one of the highlights of her week.

"Seeing our streets full of excited spectators awaiting the arrival of these majestic animals was truly special. Moments like this truly remind us of how lucky we are to be part of a community that is able to offer these unique experiences. We applaud Saratoga Eagle for all their efforts to bring a piece of nostalgia into Saratoga Springs," Devit said.

"And, an extra special thanks go out to SSPD and Fire, for not just making today possible, but for all, they do each and every day for our city." Devitt said.

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be back at the Saratoga Race Course on Friday, August 12th. The eight legendary horses will be stationed near Horse Sense located across from Gate A, near. the Berkshire Bank Family Zone.

For more information on their Friday appearance, click here.

Watch as the Clydesdales parade back down Lake Avenue and head back to Congress Park after a fun-filled day meeting fans.


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