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Clydesdales make deliveries in trot through Bethlehem

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 12 2013 04:13:30 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 13 2013 08:28:53 AM CDT

The Budweiser Clydesdales are spending the week in the Lehigh Valley.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

The Budweiser Clydesdales are spending the week in the Lehigh Valley, and the horses got down to business Thursday.

Some people lining the streets of Bethlehem said they've only seen the legendary eight horses on television.

"I think it's pretty cool. As a football fan, you see the commercials all the time and everything," said Dennis Higgins, of Bethlehem. "And actually, yesterday I just seen a  9/11 commercial."

"The horses, Clydesdales, have never been to the city of Bethlehem before," said David Sherman, director of marketing for Allentown Beverage. "The last time they were here was in the year 2000. They were up in Pen Argyl for a couple of days. Before that was 1983 at Dorney Park.

The tour started on the south side and made stops along the way to local businesses that sell Budweiser beer.

"Little appreciation for buying Bud I guess," added George Lioudis, owner of Lehigh Pizza. "You get to have a beer, or case of beer delivered right from the Clydesdales."

Once the tour made it to the north side of Bethlehem, there were more people waiting. The Moravian College marching band was leading the way.

"It's wonderful. It's exciting. That's why we're here," said Marian Kordopatis, from Bethlehem.

By the end of the ride, the Clydesdales picked up Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan and Pa. Sen. Lisa Boscola.

Organizers said it's great to see so many people enjoy themselves.

"One of the hitch crew guys said we've done this in Sea World and haven't had this kind of attendance," said Sherman. "He thought that was fantastic."

The Clydesdales will be in the Lehigh Valley until Tuesday night. There will also be similar parades in Easton on Friday and in Allentown on Monday.