Gwinnett County residents looking to come face to face with the self-proclaimed King of Beer’s famous Clydesdales this weekend will have some options to quench that desire.

There’s their appearance at the Lawrenceville Hometown Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. on Friday, but just about everyone has probably heard about that already.

What they may not have heard about is that the Budweiser Clydesdales will make an appearance at Beverage Superstore of Grayson before then, and everyone in the community is invited to come by and see them. The hooved mascots will gallup by for a visit in the store’s parking lot, at 2265 Loganville Highway, in Grayson, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity not only for Beverage Superstore, but also for our customers and anybody else who wants to see the Clydesdales,” Beverage Superstore Store Manager Brian Ksiazek said.

The announcement that the Clydesdales will be at the Beverage Superstore is just part of the growing hype surrounding the renowned horse team’s visit to Gwinnett this week.

Beverage Superstore announced last week that it would host the horses for a visit that will coincide with its Holiday Wine Tasting event. With the Clydesdales being outside at the store, families can bring their kids to see the horses and their Budweiser carriage.

The hype surrounding the Clydesdales Gwinnett excursion got a boost on Monday, however, after Lawrenceville officials posted pictures on social media showing the legendary arriving and being led into a local stable.

The city worked with Eagle Rock Distributing to get the Clydesdales for the parade, although it was a rocky path to get to this point. Initially the Clydesdales were on for the parade. City officials then turned around and said a scheduling change at Anheuser-Busch meant the appearance was off.

Later, another Budweiser Clydesdale team had some of its West Coast dates fall through and suddenly the Clydesdales were back on for Lawrenceville and the hype began building anew.

That hype continued to build on Tuesday when the city released the route for the parade.

“We greatly appreciate the public support for this event, as well as our partners at Eagle Rock and Anheuser-Busch for the amazing Clydesdales addition and look forward to seeing everyone on Dec. 2,” City Manager Chuck Warbington said in a statement.

The parade will begin at 240 Oak St., and come south on Perry Street through the square and head toward the Gwinnett County government annex. It will then take Nash Street over to South Clayton Street, where will head north past the current and old city halls on its way back to the square.

Once the parade returns to the square, it will take Pike Street back to Perry Street and head north on its way back to Oak Street.

City officials warned that parking downtown will be limited. While the city’s parking deck will be open, its Crogan Street entrance will close at 5 p.m., which means everyone will have to enter from Pike Street.

“Parade attendees are encouraged to arrive early, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants on the square and then settle in to experience the magic of Lawrenceville’s inaugural Hometown Christmas Parade,” officials said in a statement on the parade route.

Other suggested parking areas along or near the parade route include:

The Lawrenceville Lawn, 210 Luckie St.

The Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Dr.

The Lawrenceville Fleet Maintenance Shop, 20 S. Clayton St.

Lawrenceville City Hall, 70 S. Clayton St.

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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