Clydesdales visit the Island

- Tom Vaught | Sun

Budweiser Brewery’s signature advertising logo – a bright red wagon with brass accessories pulled by a team of husky Clydesdale horses – visited Anna Maria Island this afternoon at the invitation of local legend, Duffy’s Tavern.

Co-owner Peggy Davenport, daughter of Duffy’s founder Pat Geyer, rode on the wagon as it moved slowly through the high season traffic between Holmes Beach City Hall Park and Duffy’s. Davenport said she had been trying to get the team of horses out to Duffy’s for years.

The team is one of three the brewery has, each one in a certain region of the country. The song Budweiser uses in its ads played from a red truck that carried the wagon and horses as a team member explained how they take care of each of the eight one-ton horses as a large crowd of locals and Island visitors admired the animals. As sightseers used their cell phones to capture the moment, the Budweiser team showed Davenport what it means when they say “This Bud’s for you.”