It’s hard to predict what kind of reception the Budweiser Clydesdale horses will receive when they visit Ocean Springs on Thursday, April 27.
Anheuser-Bush released a new pro-American ad over the weekend that features one of the brand’s famous Clydesdales traveling from New York City to the Grand Canyon.
Meanwhile, the company is still dealing with backlash over a partnership between Bud Light and transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
The new ad is an attempt to move forward from the controversy, but some critics are still calling for the brand to apologize.
Brendan Whitworth, Anheuser-Busch’s CEO, issued a statement Friday saying the company never intended to be part of a discussion that divides people and instead wants to bring people together over beer.
“My time serving this country taught me the importance of accountability and the values upon which America was founded: freedom, hard work, and respect for one another,” Whitworth said. “I care deeply about this country, this company, our brands, and our partners. I spend much of my time traveling across America, listening to and learning from our customers, distributors, and others. Moving forward, I will continue to work tirelessly to bring great beers to consumers across our nation.”
The Budweiser Clydesdale crew will hitch on Jackson Avenue off Front Beach. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. and end near the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center.
During the event, a case of beer will be delivered to local downtown restaurants and bars from Porter Avenue to the Juke Joint as part of the parade route.