Epic Return: Budweiser Clydesdales Shine at Top-Ranked Horses, Hops & Cops Festival!

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A Spirited Spectacle: Budweiser Clydesdales Majestic Return to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and NOPD’s Mounted Unit Fundraiser

As the vibrant city of New Orleans prepared for the grandeur of Mardi Gras, a majestic spectacle with Budweiser Clydesdales graced the streets and the NOPD Mounted Unit stables. The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales made a triumphant return, marking not only a celebration of the carnival season but also contributing to a noble cause. The Horses, Hops & Cops festival, held on Feb. 8, not only showcased these magnificent horses but also served as a fundraiser for the New Orleans Police Department’s Mounted Unit.

A Grand Homecoming

The Budweiser Clydesdales, synonymous with grandeur and tradition, arrived back in New Orleans to participate in the Horses, Hops & Cops festival and add an extra dash of splendor to the city’s famed Mardi Gras parades. The sight of these majestic horses navigating the lively streets has become a cherished tradition, captivating the hearts of both locals and visitors.

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Behind the Scenes at NOPD’s Mounted Unit Stables

While in New Orleans, the Clydesdales took residence in the NOPD Mounted Unit stables, nestled in the picturesque City Park. These stables not only provided a temporary home for the Clydesdales but also became a hub of activity as handlers diligently groomed and exercised the horses. The commitment to ensuring the Clydesdales look their absolute best is a testament to the dedication of those involved in caring for these magnificent animals.

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Horses, Hops & Cops Festival: A Blend of Fun and Philanthropy

The highlight of this grand return was the Horses, Hops & Cops festival, an event that transcended the typical Mardi Gras revelry. Held on Feb. 8, this festival served as a dual celebration—honoring the Budweiser Clydesdales’ majestic presence and raising funds for the NOPD Mounted Unit. Families and festival-goers were not only treated to the sight of these colossal horses but also given the unique opportunity to interact with them, capturing precious moments in photographs.

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Captivating the Hearts of New Orleans

The Budweiser Clydesdales have long held a special place in the hearts of the people of New Orleans. Their regal presence during Mardi Gras parades and events like the Horses, Hops & Cops festival adds an extra layer of magic to the city’s already enchanting atmosphere. The Clydesdales become not just spectators but integral participants in the cultural tapestry of New Orleans during this festive season.

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A Noble Cause: Supporting NOPD’s Mounted Unit

Beyond the spectacle and the revelry, the Horses, Hops & Cops festival served a deeper purpose. The funds raised during this event directly contributed to supporting the NOPD’s Mounted Unit. These dedicated units play a crucial role in maintaining public safety and crowd control during large-scale events, and the festival provided an opportunity for the community to show their appreciation and contribute to the well-being of these noble creatures and their handlers.

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Picture-Perfect Moments

One of the unique attractions of the Horses, Hops & Cops festival was the chance for families to take pictures with the Budweiser Clydesdales. This added a personal touch to the event, allowing attendees to create lasting memories with these gentle giants. The Clydesdales, often seen from a distance during parades, became up-close companions, fostering a sense of connection between the community and these iconic horses.

Looking Ahead: A Tradition Worth Savoring

As the Horses, Hops & Cops festival concluded, leaving behind a trail of joy, philanthropy, and captivating moments, the Budweiser Clydesdales bid farewell to New Orleans until their next grand return. The city, now infused with the spirit of Mardi Gras and the memory of these majestic horses, eagerly anticipates their next appearance, knowing that each visit is not just a spectacle but a tradition worth savoring—a blend of grandeur, community, and a noble cause.


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