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last summer. Once again, the Dewey Busi- ness Partnership is putting on the parade. The group announced the one-ton animals were return- ing May 27 on its Facebook page. Kelly Ranieri, Dewey Business Partnership executive director, said the business organization approached Budweiser and they were more than happy to return. “So excited!,” wrote Ranieri in a June 17 email. Ranieri said the theme this year is The Great American Summer Celebration with the Budweiser Clydesdales. Every- thing will be red, white and blue, she said. “We will be celebrating this year in true American Style,” said Ranieri. “[It will be] a special tribute to our first responders and military!” Steve Montgomery, partner- ship president, said it’s an event the whole family can enjoy. “It was such a success. Any- time someone from ages 3 to 93 can have fun, it’s a win for every- body,” he said. Montgomery said the only real change this year from last, is the event taking place on a Wednes- day instead of a Thursday. Dewey Beach Mayor Dale Cooke said he was overjoyed the Clydesdales are coming back to Dewey. He said he was also happy the event was moved to a Wednesday night. “More and more eople are coming down on Thursday night, and holding up traffic was not a good idea,” he said. According to the official website, the original six-horse Clydesdale hitch was a gift in 1933 to former Anheuser-Busch President August Busch Sr. from his sons to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition. The hitch was increased to eight shortly after being introduced. To qualify for one of the travel- ing hitches, a gelding must be at least 4 years old, stand 72 inches at the shoulder, weigh 1,800 to 2,300 pounds, have a reddish- brown bay coat, four white legs, a white blaze, and a black mane and tail. Ten horses, a beer wagon and other essential equipment are transported in three 50-foot trac- tor-trailers, and weigh more than 12 tons when ready to roll. Dalmatians have traveled with the Clydesdale hitch since the 1950s. The parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Starboard, 2009 Highway One, and head south to the Rusty Rudder, 113 Dickinson Ave. W E H AV E Y O U R K E Y S T O A G O O D M O V E . Just give us a ring. Whether you’re buying, building or refinancing, our lending experts can help you find the right loan for the right home. With a range of mortgage products to choose from—and a special money-saving program for first-time buyers—WSFS Bank has everything you need to make a good move. To apply or learn more, visit or call 1-888-992-7729. ©2017 Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB | Member FDIC | NMLS#417673 is proud to introduce our newest colorist/stylist Call 302-703-2485 18388 Coastal Hwy., Lewes Christie DeMartin formerly of Thomas David Salon. Cape Gazette NEWS TUESDAY, JUNE 20 - THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017 3 Clydesdales Continued from page 1 The Budweiser Clydesdales in the Starboard parking lot last summer. They’ll be back July 12. The Clydesdales are used to people getting in their faces to take pictures. CHRIS FLOOD PHOTOS A LARGE CROWD gathered around the horses before the parade even began. “WE WILL BE CELEBRATING THIS YEAR IN TRUE AMERICAN STYLE. [IT WILL BE] A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND MILITARY!” - KELLY RANIERI, DEWEY BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR