Paris Man Readies Budweiser Clydesdale Trucks for Parade
PARIS, Tenn.–The Budweiser Clydesdales are in Paris for the World‘s Biggest Fish Fry and parade. Tuesday, a local business owner helped the Clydesdales get ready for the parade. Greg Collums showered, shampooed, and scrubbed the Budweiser Clydesdales trucks Tuesday morning. “The biggest thing is to get them clean, the cleaner the better” said Collums, owner of Volunteer Custom Pressure Washing. Collums cleans the trucks by hand. “We start from the cab, work our way back, top to bottom from the chrome to the wheels,” he said. The Clydesdales come to Henry County every two years for the fish fry and parade. Collums started cleaning the trucks ten years ago. “It‘s an honor for us to wash these trucks because I‘ve had so many people say how nice those trucks look during the parade,” he said. This year the Clydesdales brought three big trucks with them. It takes the team about an hour and a half to clean each truck. The Clydesdales get gussied up before the big parade. “Each week we do anywhere from two to four shows, most every place we go to,” said Burton Westbrook, a Clydesdale handler. Collums washes the trucks by hand. “You gotta make sure when you clean them they‘re done right because you don‘t want to do it again,” he said. The Clydesdales and their trucks will take center stage in the parade Friday. The parade starts at 10 a.m. People can take pictures with the Clydesdales at the fairgrounds from about 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.