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Horse Play

 Eight world-renowned Bud­weiser Cly­des­dales took a stroll down Frank­ford Av­en­ue last week.   

  • Not your average traffic jam: The Budweiser Clydesdales Parade took place in Mayfair on Aug. 28. Eight large Clydesdale horses pulled a carriage with Budweiser cases of beer in the back. Police and horse trainers escorted the carriage as it passed between the 7500 and 6500 blocks of Frankford Ave. Dozens of people waited for the horses to pass by each intersection, and others kept on walking with the carriage throughout the entire walk. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

  • Not your average traffic jam: The Budweiser Clydesdales Parade took place in Mayfair on Aug. 28. Eight large Clydesdale horses pulled a carriage with Budweiser cases of beer in the back. Police and horse trainers escorted the carriage as it passed between the 7500 and 6500 blocks of Frankford Ave. Dozens of people waited for the horses to pass by each intersection, and others kept on walking with the carriage throughout the entire walk. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTOS

  • Not your average traffic jam: The Budweiser Clydesdales Parade took place in Mayfair on Aug. 28. Eight large Clydesdale horses pulled a carriage with Budweiser cases of beer in the back. Police and horse trainers escorted the carriage as it passed between the 7500 and 6500 blocks of Frankford Ave. Dozens of people waited for the horses to pass by each intersection, and others kept on walking with the carriage throughout the entire walk. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

  • Not your average traffic jam: Dozens of people waited for the horses to pass by each intersection, and others kept on walking with the carriage throughout the entire walk. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

Don Page was among a couple thou­sand people amazed at what he saw on Frank­ford Av­en­ue last week.

On the even­ing of Aug. 28, eight world-renowned Bud­weiser Cly­des­dales paraded 10 blocks down the av­en­ue as part of a four-day pro­mo­tion­al ap­pear­ance in the Phil­adelphia area.

“I nev­er saw any­thing like it, and I’ve seen a lot,” said Page, a bar­tender at McK­enna’s. “I’ve nev­er seen a horse that big. They’re mon­strous an­im­als.”

The Cly­des­dales had a busy four days in the Phil­adelphia area. They paraded in Fair­mount, passing bars along the way. They were in the Far North­east out­side Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5’s headquar­ters. And they spent an af­ter­noon in down­town New Hope.

A big crowd gathered out­side Cottman Bever­age, at 7544 Frank­ford Ave., and ex­cite­ment star­ted to build when a po­lice and mil­it­ary vehicle es­cort brought the gentle gi­ants around from Shef­field Av­en­ue.

Cases of Bud­weiser beer were packed atop the icon­ic brand’s fam­ous red, white and gold wag­on.

Eight Cly­des­dales, in four rows of two, hauled the wag­on 10 blocks, drop­ping off a case of beer at bars par­ti­cip­at­ing in the pro­mo­tion. Catchy Bud­weiser com­mer­cial jingles played along the route.

Frank­ford Av­en­ue was closed to south­bound traffic. People cheered and took pic­tures of the horses, and some folks fol­lowed them the whole way. Em­ploy­ees of shops along the av­en­ue came out­side for the big show, and mo­tor­ists pulled to the side of the road to get a good look.

Bud­weiser em­ploy­ees handed out T-shirts, key­chains, brace­lets and foam beer cool­ers. An­oth­er team road in a cart, shov­el­ing up horse drop­pings.

The parade ended out­side the May­fair Cen­ter, where three 50-foot-long tract­or-trail­ers were parked along the av­en­ue to take the Cly­des­dales to a well-de­served night’s sleep. ••

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