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World famous Budweiser Clydesdales missed parade, but still making other Borderland appearances

EL PASO, Texas -- The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales are visiting El Paso and while weather conditions kept them from participating in the Sun Bowl Parade on Thanksgiving, the eight giant horses and their red beer wagon are making keeping their other appearances.

On Friday afternoon, the so-called “Gentle Giants,” visited Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss for a couple of hours.

The Clydesdales will make a final stop at the Ysleta Tigua Reservation at 9200 Socorro Road on Saturday at 1 p.m. and will be available for
viewing and photos until 3 p.m.

The Clydesdales have a rigorous schedule year-round. Those in charge of the horses said they are on the road about 330 days a year. These horses are anything but average; to be chosen as a Budweiser Clydesdale the horses need to stand six feet at the shoulder and weigh an average of 2,000 pounds or more. The horses must also be bay in color, have four white legs, a blaze of white on the face and a black mane and tale. The eight-horse hitch sees crowds of people daily and millions a year. They get their nickname "gentle giants" for their docile temperament, allowing everyone to get close and possibly pet them."

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Wil Herren

Wil Herren is an ABC-7 reporter who covers both news and sports.

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