These kinds of wonderful events show the growth and popularity of Ocean Springs and how others are seeing the wonderful things we have to offer here. I saw these majestic animals in a parade when I was a child so anytime they are close to an area I live I'm happy to go see them. If you are able make sure and attend the parade to see these wonderful horses. April Cook at Rain Residential. 435-496-0606.
By Warren Kulo
OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi -- Nearly 11 years after their first appearance in the city, the renowned Budweiser Clydesdales are returning to Ocean Springs for a parade and "meet-n-greet" in February.
City officials announced this week the famed horses will be in Ocean Springs on Feb. 10 for a 2 p.m. parade through the downtown area and activities at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Arts Center.
The Clydesdales made their first appearance in Ocean Springs in 2011, participating in a St. Patrick's Day Parade through downtown.
"They contacted us," said City Events Coordinator Chic Cody. "They were already scheduled to appear in Biloxi a few days earlier. We had them here in 2011 and we treated them so nicely, they wanted to come back."
Cody said the horses will be "dressed" near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Front Beach Drive that day and then will parade from the Ocean Springs Yacht Club to the Mary C., where there will be photo opportunities, along with activities for children.
As the Clydesdale "hitch" makes its way down Government Street, it will stop in front of bars and restaurants along the way to deliver beer, providing additional photo opportunities for the public.
The Budweiser Clydesdales were formed in April 1933, when August A. Busch Jr. and Adolphus Busch III presented their father, August A. Busch Sr., with a six-horse Clydesdale hitch to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition, according to the Anheuser-Busch website.