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Famous beer-promoting horses hit Monona streets
Famous beer-promoting horses hit Monona streets

Monona police said Wednesday afternoon the famous Budweiser Clydesdales made a trip through town to deliver a case of beer to a Monona resident.

Mike Darcey snapped these photos of the horses getting prepped with their hitch team and red wagon for the trip from Monona Drive to Panther trail.

Police said the trip was courtesy of Wisconsin Distributors. A Monona man had been chosen through a drawing to receive a case of beer delivered by Budweiser's famous horses.

The team of eight Clydesdales and a red sleigh were unloaded from semis and assembled in the parking lot at Licali’s Market & Spirits on Monona Drive, police said.

Dan O’Brien, assistant manager at Licali's, said at its height, the crowd numbered about 300 and people were excited to see the well-groomed beer ambassadors.

"They were beautiful," O'Brien said. "They had ribbons and their tied and their tails were all tied up nice."

He said people clapped when the semis, escorted by police, pulled into the Licali's lot.

"You never see that around here," O'Brien said. "Yes most definitely, people [were excited]."

O'Brien said horses arrived around 4:30 p.m. and it took about an hour to set up before the team headed to Panther Trail.

Police said Anthony Schefielbein of Monona won the special delivery through a sweepstakes.

According to the Budweiser website, the Clydesdales are in town through Saturday for Brat Fest at the Alliant Energy Center.

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