They’re going for it.
The Budweiser Clydesdales left home base around 2 p.m. due west for downtown Bay Shore. They will be staging around 3 p.m. behind T.J. Finley’s Public House.
From there, the team will assess whether it’s safe to march, GreaterBayShore has learned.
But they’re confident.
“It looks like we have a window between 3 and 6 where the rain might look like it’s going to stay away,” said John Reese of Clare Rose, the regional distributor for Anheuser-Busch. “We’re going to assess the situation once we’re down there with the truck and the hitch and the Clydesdale team.”
“If they deem that it’s safe enough to pull the horses out and hitch them up, we’re gonna put them up,” he continued. “We might have to do an abbreviated parade, but we’re making every attempt to come out and do the same thing for the people of Bay Shore that we did last night in Patchogue.”
The parade is scheduled to march at 5 p.m., with the Clydesdales making beer deliveries to restaurants, just like the horses did in the old days.
They will start at Homan Avenue and proceed west to Ocean Avenue.
The Town of Islip, as well as Bay Shore’s business and community leaders have been planning a warm welcome.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, over 20,000 people showed to Patchogue for the horses.
Anheuser-Busch owns about 250 clydesdales, good for one of the largest herds of clydesdales horses in the world. The horses are kept at various locations in the U.S.
Top: The Budweiser Clydesdales trot down Main Street in Patchogue Wednesday evening. (Credit: Michael White/greaterpatchogue.com)
Below are more photos from Patchogue Wednesday evening: