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Budweiser Clydesdales preview in Riverview before this weekend’s Gasparilla Parade Of Pirates (w/video)

By Octavio Jones, Tampa Bay Times
Published: January 24, 2018
Bill Steever and his wife Geri Steever of Riverview brought their grandchildren Ashton Steever, 7, (wearing a gray shirt) and his younger brother Rory Steever to see the famous Budweiser Clydesdales at the Sam's Club in Riverview. The Clydesdales are scheduled to make several appearances in the Tampa Bay area through January 27th, including one at the Gasparilla Pirate Festival this Saturday. (Octavio Jones | Times)

The Budweiser Clydesdales were first introduced to the public on April 7, 1933, to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. August A. Busch, Jr. presented the group of horses as a gift to his father, August Anheuser Busch, Sr., who was guided outside the brewery by the ruse of being told his son had purchased him a new car. But instead was greeted by the horses, pulling a red, white and gold beer wagon.

The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will boast over 130 units – including more than 90 elaborate floats, 14 marching bands, over 50 distinct Krewes and, of course, those infamous Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla pirates.