Clydesdale horses coming to the Lehigh Valley

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Published: Dec 24 2013 05:31:40 AM EST   Updated On: Sep 05 2013 02:12:20 PM EDT

The Clydesdales are coming!

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be in our area for a week starting next Tues., Sept. 10.

They'll be stabled at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink at 345 Illick's Mill Rd., which will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Thurs., Sept. 12, there will be a parade of the Clydesdales throughout the Christmas City as the horses will make retail deliveries from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

The procession will begin in the area of the Steel Ice Center on East First Street in south Bethlehem.

It will continue on Polk Street, East 3rd Street, Adams Street, West 4th Street, South New Street over the Fahy Bridge, around City Hall, north on North New Street, West Broad Street, and south on Main Street.

Stops will be made on the way at various retail establishments. The procession route is subject to change.

The procession will end at the Wooden Match at the corner of Main and West Lehigh streets.

The stables will then be open to the public from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday.

The rest of the Clydesdales' schedule:

Fri., Sept. 13 - Retail delivery in Easton, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 14 – Appearance at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center at 1151 Mosser Rd,. in Upper Macungie Township for a Wheels of Hope benefit from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Allentown Beverage for details.

Sunday, September 15 – Home delivery for winner of the Horseshoe drawing. Stables open to the public from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Drawing and winner home delivery will be announced September 7.

Monday, September 16 – Retail delivery in Allentown, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Allentown Beverage for details.

Tuesday, September 17 – Gildan AAA Championship Game at Coca-Cola Park. Tailgate party starts at 5 p.m. The AAA Championship game starts at 6:30 p.m.

The first two Clydesdales were originally given as a gift from August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch to their father in celebration of the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.

According to the Budweiser website, this imposing breed was first developed for farm work 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.

Despite a dressy appearance, they are capable of pulling a one-ton load at 5 mph.