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The Budweiser Clydesdales begin their march down Lakewood Main Street on Thursday in celebration of Gold Coast Eagle Distributing earning the Ambassadors of Excellence Award from Anheuser-Busch.

Hundreds pack Lakewood Main Street to see Budweiser Clydesdales in Lakewood Ranch

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

The Budweiser Clydesdales begin their march down Lakewood Main Street on Thursday in celebration of Gold Coast Eagle Distributing earning the Ambassadors of Excellence Award from Anheuser-Busch.

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David West can't let a Clydesdale go to work with a dirty face.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

David West can't let a Clydesdale go to work with a dirty face.

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Brady Janssen obviously has a lot of trust in the majestic horses as he goes underneath to do a little foot combing.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Brady Janssen obviously has a lot of trust in the majestic horses as he goes underneath to do a little foot combing.

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Gold Coast Eagle Distributing and the Clydesdales delivered a free case of Budweiser to Main Street merchant Tommy Klauber of Polo Grill & Bar.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing and the Clydesdales delivered a free case of Budweiser to Main Street merchant Tommy Klauber of Polo Grill & Bar.

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Driver Rudy Helmuth might have gotten a little too close before the team started its march.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Driver Rudy Helmuth might have gotten a little too close before the team started its march.

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Pat Bruenning, Gold Coast Eagle vice president of sales, and John Saputo, owner and president, shared a few laughs before the event.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Pat Bruenning, Gold Coast Eagle vice president of sales, and John Saputo, owner and president, shared a few laughs before the event.

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John Saputo, the owner and president of Gold Coast Eagle, did the deliveries along Lakewood Main Street personally.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

John Saputo, the owner and president of Gold Coast Eagle, did the deliveries along Lakewood Main Street personally.

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It seemed as if everyone along Lakewood Main Street had a camera to capture the Clydesdales visit.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

It seemed as if everyone along Lakewood Main Street had a camera to capture the Clydesdales visit.

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Hundreds of spectators were allowed to get up close and personal with the Clydesdales.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Hundreds of spectators were allowed to get up close and personal with the Clydesdales.

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Alyssa Brown, Adeline Kushto and Jessica Kushto came because Adeline "had never seen anything like it."

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Alyssa Brown, Adeline Kushto and Jessica Kushto came because Adeline "had never seen anything like it."

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The Clydesdales, who were shipped from their home base in St. Louis, were very calm as they were prepped for the march.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

The Clydesdales, who were shipped from their home base in St. Louis, were very calm as they were prepped for the march.

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Driver Rudy Helmuth is kept company by the Clydesdales dog mascot, named "Clyde" of course.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Driver Rudy Helmuth is kept company by the Clydesdales' dog mascot, named "Clyde" of course.

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Do you think this Clydesdale realizes this is only a painting on the side of the truck?

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Do you think this Clydesdale realizes this is only a painting on the side of the truck?

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The Clydesdale must weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds to be on the team.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Each Clydesdale must weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds to be on the team.

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The final Clydesdale at hitched to the team. Eight Clydesdales pull the wagon with two kept in reserve.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

The final Clydesdales are hitched to the team. Eight Clydesdales pull the wagon with two kept in reserve.

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Mom Breanne Panetta of Palmetto , daughter Taytum and grandma Jackie Guy of Lakewood Ranch check out the Clydesdales because "they are so unique."

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Mom Breanne Panetta of Palmetto , grandma Jackie Guy of Lakewood Ranch and daughter Taytum check out the Clydesdales because "they are so unique."

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The march around Lakewood Main Street took about an hour.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

The march around Lakewood Main Street took about an hour.

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John Saputo must of figured if he was going to deliver Budweiser on Thursday, why not drink one?

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Gold Coast Eagle owner John Saputo must have figured if he was going to deliver Budweiser on Thursday, why not drink one?

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Gold Coast Eagle owner John Saputo must have felt like the king of beers on his big day.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Gold Coast Eagle owner John Saputo must have felt like the king of beers on his big day.

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A little snuggling takes place before the Clydesdales go to work.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

A little snuggling takes place before the Clydesdales go to work.

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Vanessa Fine Jewelry owner Don Baugh came out of his business to enjoy the excitement.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Vanessa Fine Jewelry owner Don Baugh came out of his business to enjoy the excitement.

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Sometimes it pays to take a different view of the world.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Sometimes it pays to take a different view of the world.

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Clydesdales must be at least 4 before they can pull the wagon.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Clydesdales must be at least 4 before they can pull the wagon.

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Every last part of the Clydesdales is groomed for the exhibition, from head to tail.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

Every last part of the Clydesdales is groomed for the exhibition, from head to tail.

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This team appeared at the 2017 World Rowing Championship in late September. They didn't pull a boat, though.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

This team appeared at the 2017 World Rowing Championship in late September. They didn't pull a boat, though.

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At a ceremony back at Gold Coast Eagle on Thursday, John Saputo is presented with the coveted Ambassadors of Excellence red jacket.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

At a ceremony back at Gold Coast Eagle on Thursday, John Saputo is presented with the coveted Ambassadors of Excellence Red Jacket.

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John Saputo, Gold Coast Eagle's owner and president, delivers an emotional message to his employees after accepting the Ambassadors of Excellence Big Jake (in background) statue.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 |

John Saputo, Gold Coast Eagle's owner and president, delivers an emotional message to his employees after accepting the Ambassadors of Excellence Big Jake (in background) statue.

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